Posted by Gayle on July 28, 1998 at 11:54:59:
In Reply to: Age of Innocence - Newland vs Hawkeye! posted by Marcia on July 28, 1998 at 10:57:31:
While Newland agonized and suffered, and finally did what he had been raised to believe was the "right" thing, Hawkeye surely would have raced through the drawing room, knocking dowagers out of the way and flinging gouty old bankers on their backsides to get to Ellen. Then, wrapping one sturdy arm about her waist, and yelling "Head for the foyer!!", would have whisked her out the front door, into a waiting carriage, and skinned out for Can-Tuck-EE
And Gayle leaps to the fore!
WHOAAAAA - Hang on there just a wee stinkin' minute an' let me git my frazzled brain on one track here! Hawkeye the Mann would have done just that, but Hawkeye the Original was thoroughly cranked into the thinking of the times. He did a great job of the one-sturdy-arm-about-the-waist thing when it came to hauling ladies out of harm's way, but upon completing his rescue, he would have turned her over to the nearest officer's wife, shouldered Killdeer and stalked off into the forest to skin a creatur' for lunch or sat down and cleaned out his ears or something. Had he wanted to skin out for Can-Tuck-EE with her, he would have sat down first and mulled over all the social, cultural, religious, political and economic issues of the match until Cooper ran out of paper and ink, and decided he was too humble to aspire to her hand. Meanwhile SHE would have given up in frustration and moved in with the first single officer that looked like he could show her a good time. Or possibly she would throw herself over a cliff, and Hawkeye wouldn't find out about it for fifteen years or so when he hoved into camp again. I can definitely see where Hawkeye the Mann would have the advantage with you here, but you've got to admit, Hawkeye the Original provided a better challenge for the woman who enjoys a good chase. Now I know why you cede me garrulous ol' Natty Bumppo - you see I'm the only one who can outtalk him!
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