Posted by Gayle on July 30, 1999 at 17:46:42:
In Reply to: Re: The Character of Duncan posted by Pat on July 30, 1999 at 15:23:27:
: Duncan was no doubt a fine, capable gentleman in his own world. He knew what to expect and how to react. He knew what the rules were in England. The colonies were a new and different world for him. His reactions were not always appropriate in situations and conditions that were strange to him.
: As for Steven Waddington, well I shall just have to see LOTM again to make any sort of judgement about his performance - tough work! But, If I must, I must.
You've hit the nail on the head with that assessment! Everything the British did, both socially and militarily was based on their understanding of how things were in England. That's the main reason they got creamed so thoroughly in so many campaigns here, and why they finally lost the country altogether. They couldn't adjust to Indian thinking and warfare, and they never did have a clue as to the renegade personality of the Americans who were settling the colonies. Every time they turned around they shot themselves in the foot, because they just couldn't accept the fact that "making the world England" was not everybody's idea. So Duncan was totally in character in every respect and very well drawn both by Mann and by Steven Waddington.
I'm sorry you have to watch the movie again, but we insist. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet.
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