She’s not that fragile…

September 16, 2009

Last letter of Mary Queen of Scots appears briefly

EDINBURGH (Reuters Life!) – At 2 a.m. on a frigid February morning in 1587, Mary Queen of Scots sat at her table and penned a last letter before her execution in the great hall of Fotheringhay Castle in the English midlands.

“Tonight, after dinner, I have been advised of my sentence: I am to be executed like a criminal at eight in the morning,” she wrote to her brother-in-law, the king of France.

Fragile with age but in remarkably good condition, the letter by one of the great tragic figures of Scottish history is making a rare appearance until Sept 21 at the National Library of Scotland.

You describe Mary as “fragile with age”, so I imagined she was in her 70s or 80s. A few paragraphs down, her age was listed as 44!!!

This is old???? Now think about it. Would you say a 44 yr old man was “fragile with age”? How old are you anyway Ian? Are you the special middle school correspondent?

Mary F.

Um, please read the sentence again. The story refers to the LETTER, not Mary, as being fragile with age: GBU Editor

A wax Death Mask of Mary Queen of Scots made in 1587 after her execution is displayed at Lyon and Turnbull auctioneers in Edinburgh, Scotland August 1, 2006. REUTERS/David Moir

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Bravo GBU. So often I lecture (college) on misplaced modifiers, it is refreshing to find such a wonderful example of language “done right.”

Posted by lmooney | Report as abusive

Regardless of the fact that the comment was due to not reading the sentance correctly, would 44 not have been a fairly advanced age in 1587. Life expectancy of 70-80 years is very recent is it not?

Posted by Andy | Report as abusive