Re: Maddy vs Cora - Some Roving Reflections

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Posted by Gayle on October 02, 1998 at 14:11:10:

In Reply to: Maddy vs Cora posted by Elaine on October 02, 1998 at 13:18:48:

: Marcia and Gayle,

: Gayle's schadenfreude aside, I second Marcia's *intuition* ... Cora was one thing. Yes, she'd do it. Maddy? Never! They couldn't drive a 4x4 Bronco up there. Cleopatra's litter wouldn't work. There aren't any stagecoach trails ... no way she would have walked it. That leaves helicopters. Besides, they MUST have used helicopters for the equipment.

: Oh ... Marcia, so as to not ruin your Hawk-ish vision, we'll pretend DDL hauled his bad self up to Table Rock, okay? *wink*

: Elaine


This begets a quizzical train of thought on my part - - the whole story of LOTM ( book and movie alike) deal with the two sisters, British-bred and delicately raised as they can be, being escorted through the mountains and forests from Fort Edward to Fort William Henry. The New York terrain through which they traveled was just as rigorous, if not more so, than the movie set location, yet in the 1700s, it was not uncommon for gentlewomen to make trips like that. Is it possible that a modern Hollywood belle is more delicate and pampered than the stereotypical British, elite, fainting, blushing, vapors-ridden lady of the 1700s? Have we really Come-a-Long-Way-Baby? On the other hand, Cooper may have used a bucketful of literary license, since anyone who had been raised as Cora was would not have had the physical stamina she portrayed in the book (or the movie for that matter). Nonetheless, I think she would have made the effort. Of course, helicopters weren't an option.


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