Re: The Argument for Hawkeye

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Posted by ann on July 26, 1998 at 14:19:30:

In Reply to: The Argument for Hawkeye posted by Suzie on July 26, 1998 at 13:46:25:

: I was wondering if anyone else had thoughts on the scene where Cora is arguing with Duncan and her father over releasing Hawkeye after he was arrested for sedition. My thoughts are that in that period, (18th century) a daughter wouldn't speak to her father that way, and her father would not be so sensitive to her thoughts. In the movie, I find it important that she stands up for Hawkeye the way she does, and I especially like the part where she tells Duncan off after he says that she has become "infatuated with him."


My first reaction in the scene where Duncan denies seeing anything other than a robbery at the Cameron's was "why doesn't Cora speak up, and tell them the truth." Therefore, when she did go to her father it occurred to me that as an l8th century woman she knew it would be an embarrassment to her father if she had spoken out in front of the english officers, etc. and waited to do so in private. As far as col. Monro's concern for her, it seems true to character. Believe I read in the historical background page at this site that the real-life Col. Monro might have committed suicide because of his feelings of responsibility over the massacre(in actuality, he was protected by the French and did not die that day as the movie portrays. Sounds as though he might have been an english(scottish) officer with some sensitivity(un unusual occurrence in the l8th Century, I'm sure).

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