OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unread postby Liz » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:39 pm

Pg. 33:

“Chandagnac looked to his left and behind him. Chaworth's body, clearly dead, shifted loosely back and forth in the sun as the ship rolled, and one outflung hand rocked back and forth, palm up and then palm down, in an oddly philosophical gesture. It comes and goes, the movement seemed to indicate; good and bad, life and death, joy and horror, and nothing should come as a surprise.”

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Re: OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unread postby Buster » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:17 pm

I love this scene! Somehow it reminded me of the sword fight in Captain Blood where Errol Flynn kills Basil Rathbone. Levasseur's body ends up right at the edge of the ocean, rolling slightly as the waves wash over him.
Powerful imagery.

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Re: OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unread postby fireflydances » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:07 pm

I remember it too. I remember thinking how ying yang it seemed. And no, nothing should come as a surprize. We, our generation, sometimes not in touch with that sense of living on the edge, although of course we do--it rips across your present just as you were planning dinner. Are we better off now with our heads in the sand, living this long imaginary life of two masters degrees and then planning for retirement? Or was it better then, when you lived each minute as deliberately as possible? I don't know really. Our eternity stretches before us, and we are always preparing whereas they lived in the eternal present. In the end, it is still the same: life and then not life. Whenever.
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Re: OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:32 pm

It was definitely a powerful and moving image, well written. To me it was a "does it matter moment". Here I am dead, could have been alive, things could have been different, but in the end here I am, does anyone care? Comme ci, comme ca.
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Wow! What a ride!

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Re: OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unread postby Liz » Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:56 pm

Great answers so far....and all different. I like that. :cool:

I think Shandy has just realized that he might be on a wild adventure....one of extremes, one he won't be able to predict. Could it also be another foreshadowing?
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Re: OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unread postby gemini » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:42 am

Since Chaworth realized his life was ruined without his ship and he had no chance of winning, he seems to have chosen his fate.
Shandy must have considered that both of their last few minutes choices had made him the survivor looking at what could have just as easily been him.
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Re: OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unread postby Buster » Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:06 am

I like that the ship is rolling - on a stranger tide?- and that the scene does foreshadow Shandy's journey of many either/or, life/death, fact/magic, pirate/lawful, revenge/adventure kinds of decisions.

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Re: OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unread postby Liz » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:20 pm

Buster wrote:I like that the ship is rolling - on a stranger tide?

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Re: OST Question #4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unread postby ladylinn » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:45 pm

This scene brought my reading to a halt to think about this. It makes one realize that life can at any moment be over no matter how many plans that a person has. I also think it made Shandy stop and wonder what was ahead for him. Great paragraph.


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