Quotation by Frank S. Nugent

Elena de la Madriaga: Ladies and gentleman, it seems like if the only embarrassment here tonight is my presence, if the truth will quiet your unspoken questions, I give it gladly. For five years, I was the woman of the Comanche Stone Calf. He treated me like a wife. The work was hard, the scoldings frequent. And occasionally he beat me. I did not bear him any children. I know that many of you regard me as a degraded woman. Degraded by the touch of a savage Comanche, by having had to live as one of them. You said, why did I not kill myself. I did not. Why, I, I can't. Guthrie McCabe: Well I as hell can. She didn't kill herself because her religion forbids it. You know sometimes it takes a lot more courage to live than it does to die.
Frank S. Nugent (1908–1965), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Elena de la Madriaga (Linda Cristal), Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart), Two Rode Together, Elena de la Madriaga describing her life with the Comanches (1961).

Based on the novel Comanche Captives by Will Cook.
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