Posted by Kathy S on August 08, 1998 at 16:46:34:
In Reply to: Re: Duncan's Lie & Demise posted by Diane on August 08, 1998 at 15:01:17:
: : I don't give Duncan as much "noble" credit as some of you. The first time I saw the film, I saw Duncan's translation as a "fatal error", meaning: they were rushing Cora off, and Hawkeye told Duncan to translate....Duncan jumped right back into verbatim translation for Hawkeye,...but forgot to make the tense translation to "take him!" Duncan knew what he did, by the time Hawkeye asked him, 'Did you tell him?" After Sachem made the decsion., it was too late to argue..Cora had been saved.
: I saw it that way from my first viewing, and I still see it that way. I do agree though, that Duncan probably also knew that he could not save Cora, even if he sacrificed Hawkeye.
Yeah, Duncan realized Cora would never get out alive without Hawkeye. But, Duncan had spent the whole movie trying to keep Cora and Alice alive, so I think his failure to translate was intentional. Did he jump back into verbatim translation? I don't think he was translating at that point, just offering himself. I thought the only thing he said after the Sachem passed final judgment was "take me, a British officer....."
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