Posted by Elaine on July 26, 1998 at 18:33:59:
In Reply to: Re: The Argument for Hawkeye posted by ann on July 26, 1998 at 14:19:30:
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).
I agree with your observations regarding Cora's reasons for not speaking against Duncan's words in public. As an officer's daughter, she knew full well the code of behavior by which was expected to adhere. Shame was a very important matter and that is exactly what she would have caused.
Col. Munro (Monro) was a sensitive, honorable, and protective person. He did have children, including at least one daughter. One thing I wanted to clarify, however, was that our History Page on Munro does not say he might have committed suicide. Rather, he felt responsibility for what happened at Fort William Henry and therefore did not wish to be seen as a hero. In his eyes, he failed in his duty. His perceived shame led him to request that no honors be bestowed upon him at death and that his burial place be kept secret. He died in Nov. '57, possibly of a stroke, on a street in Albany.
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