Re: Why didn't they jump?

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Posted by MMMMarcia on July 24, 2000 at 13:41:47:

In Reply to: Re: They had on too many clothes -The girls could have taken them off... posted by Bill R on July 23, 2000 at 20:31:12:

Bill writes:
: Why didn't they? Seriously? Not many folks could swim back then. Certainly not English ladies likely. And even if they could, who knew what rocks etc were at the bottom of the falls, and a drop of a hundred feet into water is not a soft landing, especially if hitting the water wrong, let alone rocks! So, all things considered, it was sure death for Hawkeye to remain in the cave, but less sure they would die in that fall, rocks and rapids. However, for the wounded and the girls, it was probably MORE sure they would die if they jumped, than if they remained.
: Of course, tell THAT to the wounded Soldier #2!!!!

: Bill R

I agree with you, Bill, that the fall would likely have killed the girls, both. I suspect it was "iffy," even for our heroes. I mean, LOOK at those falls in the long shot when they were entering the cave. That's quite a drop. I'm sure Hawkeye wasn't prepared to see Cora leap to her doom, and he had reason to believe the women would be kept as captives, rather than killed outright, giving him a chance to rescue her later.

Makes sense to me.


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