Posted by Kate on December 28, 2000 at 15:11:31:
In Reply to: Re: The Major's sacrifice posted by Vita on December 28, 2000 at 12:58:13:
: : It strikes me in one sense that the Major's sacrifice was not just for Cora, but for her sister Alice, and Hawkeye. As the Huron Chief could have easily have decided to have burned Alice. She is in once sense ungrateful for the Major's sacrifice. He gave his life not just for Cora, but he would have done it for Alice with out doubt. Why? chivalry. Then, Alice goes and throws herself off a cliff. I could be wrong, but committing suicide does seem a tad ungrateful after someone roasted alive for you.
: : Regards
: : Ben
: Hello, Ben!
: Hmmm.... I never thought of that Duncan gave himself for Alice, too. And I believe no one ever considered this, either. Hmmm. Yes, having been brought up with the tenets of chivalry.... hmmm. It's possible, though I am still convinced that his primary concern was Cora. Though if it had been Alice alone... yes, he would have done the same thing. True.
: Have a Happy New Year!
Hi Ben, Vita, Bill, Theresa,
Actually, I think it DID come up once, that I remember anyway, though you'd have to ask our resident archivist, Jo, for the exact date of the 'thread'.
But we never DID decide whether it was his love for Cora that drove him to make the ultimate sacrifice - or (what was very likely for those days) his 'inbred' sense of duty. I think we felt that it could possibly have been both of these qualities, taken together as a whole, that influenced his decision.
I believe that by the end of the discussion, we also came to the conclusion that Duncan DID, indeed, have MANY admirable qualities - but he could be a real pain in the ass at times! :o)
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