Posted by Doc M on August 09, 2000 at 13:37:02:
In Reply to: Re: Duncan's sacrifice posted by Dana S. on August 09, 2000 at 12:51:04:
: : : Has anyone else wondered if Duncan's sacrifice was totally selfless? I mean, he never translated Nathaniel's request to be traded and I often wondered what would have happened if the Indians did not think a British Officer was a good enough trade and Cora would have died. I mean he took a big chance considering Nathaniel was saying that his death was a "great honor to the Huron". Part of me thought that maybe he simply could not tolerate being "bested" by Nathaniel again and part of me thought that he just knew that Cora loved Nathaniel and he loved Cora so much he wanted her to just be happy and live. Again, part of me thought that maybe he felt his chances of being accepted in a trade were better than Nathaniel's which was kind of arrogant. Anyway I totally love the whole scene especially "My compliments Sir, take her and get out". Wondered if anyone else felt unsure as to what motivated Duncan...arrogance or love...
: : Hi Lauren,
: : Given that Duncan was a proper British officer, both by character and training, he would have been honour bound to do the right thing. However, I've always thought that he made the sacrifice out of love for Cora and the knowledge that given the circumstances, Hawkeye would be better able to take care of her. At least, the romantic in me always hoped that was the case!
: : ...Jeri
: The romantic in me, Jeri, thought I saw a look coming from Duncan begging Hawkeye to take care of Cora. Duncan was sacrificing his pride, as well as, his body. But it was just a look. I tend to read a bit more into looks than is usually intended. Gets me into LOADS of trouble, it does.
: Dana S.
Now see, I always thought Hawkeye was playing a little
practical joke on Duncan. He tells Duncan to translate
"Take ME," Duncan tells the Sachem "MOI pour elle,"
and the next thing the poor sap knows he's trussed
up on the pole, while Hawkeye chortles to himself.
Works for me!
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