Rose's reaction to seeing Cal alive {How would you describe it?} : LUSENET : TitanicShack : One Thread

I wasn't really able to discern Rose's reaction but what do you reckon her reaction was when she saw Cal alive on Carpathia?

Disgust because he had somehow managed through his 'arrangement' to live?

Or surprise because Rose (unlike us) not having known what happened, may quite fairly have assumed there would have been a greater chance that he was dead, after all she knew that she had gotten into (and jumped out of) one of the last lifeboats. And the situation aboard was already looking dire when Cal chased her and Jack around the ship whilst waving the gun in an inept attempt to kill her (and Jack)?

Then again I guess if someone's just survived a sinking, it would take something decidedly more spectacular than seeing Cal alive to surprise them!

-- Simon (, March 13, 1998


Response to Rose's reaction to seeing Cal alive

Simon, I thought she had a look of slight disgust on her face when she saw him. Maybe she was thinking how unfair it was that Cal survived when Jack didn't.

-- Julie (, March 13, 1998.

In my opinion, she appeared nonchalant. After losing Jack, she might not care about anyone or anything else. According to the script, she kept her composure to tell him off:

Cal ignores him and goes amongst this wrecked group, looking under shawls and blankets at onebleak face after another.

Rose is sipping hot tea. Her eyes focus on him as he approaches her. He barely recognizes her. She looks like a refugee, her matted hair hanging in her eyes.

Yes, I lived. How awkward for you.

Rose... your mother and I have been looking for you--

She holds up her hand, stopping him.
Please don't. Don't talk. Just listen. We will make a deal, since that is something you understand.

From this moment you do not exist for me, nor I for you. You shall not see me again. And you will not attempt to find me. In return I will keep my silence. Your actions last night need never come to light, and you will get to keep the honor you have carefully purchased.

She fixes him with a glare as cold and hard as the ice which changed their lives.
Is this in any way unclear?

(after a long beat)
What do I tell your mother?

Tell her that her daughter died with the Titanic.

She stands, turning to the rail. Dismissing him. We see Cal stricken with emotion.
You're precious to me, Rose.

Jewels are precious. Goodbye, Mr. Hockley.

We see that in his way, the only way he knows, he does truly love her. After a moment, he turns and walks away.
That was the last time I ever saw him.


-- Wend76 (, March 13, 1998.

I don't think she was surprised at all. She probablly thought,Typical. Only the good die young. Rats like Cal often seem to come through all right.

-- Lianne (, March 14, 1998.


Hi, may I take it that you are supporting Julie in her reckoning of a reaction of disgust?

-- Simon (, March 16, 1998.

I'm sure glad Rose and Cal did not exchange words once on Carpathia. I think it was strong enough without dialog. If they would've spoken, don't you think Cal would've tried to get the necklace and money back?

-- Becky Gordon (, March 19, 1998.

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