Re: The Character of Duncan

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Posted by MMMMarcia on July 30, 1999 at 12:25:13:

In Reply to: Re: The Character of Duncan posted by Rich on July 30, 1999 at 12:06:42:

Rich wrote:
: Absolutely! Duncan, along with Cora, were developed more, I thought, than ANY of the other characters. The two British "aristocrats" - in love at one time, apparently, back in Europe - face a world totally foreign to them. Each handles it in their own way, but each seems to come to an appreciation, of sorts, by film's end.

I agree with most of what you say, Rich, but I AM curious as to why you think Cora & Duncan were "in love" back in Europe. This may be so in the book (?) but in the movie, my impression is that Duncan is in love with Cora & has apparently been pursuing her for some time. But Cora very clearly states to him that even though she wishes they did, her feelings "don't go beyond friendship." I get the distinct impression that she has never been in love with him, and thus, does not want to commit to marrying him, regardless of the advice she may have received from others. Again, I refer strictly to the movie version.

I DO feel that we are given the story from the perspective of the "three Brits," for sure. Hawkeye may be the central character in the tale, as far as a hero is concerned, but the impressions of him, the country, the war, and the tragedies are presented to us, if not through the eyes of the Brits, at least through their points of view and interpretations of events.


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