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The significance of Helen's epitaph

Helen implied that there would be a message for Peter on her gravestone, yet Helen's epitaph was generic -- birth/death date, parent's names.

There was no mention of a husband. Was that the message for Peter? That she didn't marry that little toad?

I thought Leslie Howard was wonderful in this, but I was a bit disappointed that he was content to dump his fiance and live out his life alone, waiting to meet Helen in the afterlife. Or wherever.

I agree that the music was intrusive, and not very good.


I agree with your confusion. I thought perhaps she thought she'd live out her days and die much older, but then found living without Peter to be too difficult so she died very soon after they parted from a broken heart - or whatever you'd like to call it, depression maybe.

This would be upsetting to the 1930's Peter reading her tombstone, so upsetting that he gives up his plans to marry at all.

Leslie Howard never ceases to amaze me. When I first saw Gone with the Wind as a much younger person, I couldn't imagine why they cast him as Scarlet's love interest. Si I made a point of seeing some of his other earlier films and it became apparent immediately. He's quite a convincing actor as just about anyone he decided to play.

A film well worth seeing!


I do like Leslie Howard but I don't know why. Maybe because he chose his roles so well. He's convincing as a frustrated romantic. I've seen him in Gone with the Wind, Petrified Forest, Of Human Bondage, Berkeley Square -- and that's about it. It was easy to believe women fell for him, even with the likes of Clark Gable around.


If you get the chance, try to see "The Scarlet Pimpernel"--he is brilliant in it. Also one of my favorite comedies, "It's Love I'm After," with Bette Davis and Olivia DeHavilland. Great stuff. TCM occasionally shows both. Such a shame he died so young.


I agree "The Scarlet Pimpernel" was Howard's best role. He really was easy on the eyes, especially with that wavy blonde hair.


I was confused at first too and had to hear it again. The epitaph says that they will be together, "not in my time, nor in yours, but in God's". I think I was distracted by the mention of God, but as she refers to "time", both hers and his and we know this isn't a normal saying on a gravestone, so we can infer that there's her message to him. Kind of sweet.