1,000 Wd. Report
October 27, 1999
There are many positive things and negative things about the movie and the story. In the movie
you have a chance to see what Elizabeth looks like. That alone could be a positive and negative thing.
The movie is more glamour than thought. In the movie your mind has more free will so therefore this is
the better of the two. The thought in the movie that, there is unlimited communication between the two,
takes away your imagination and the curiosity of what they will say and how they will say it in the last
message between the two of them. The changing of the time period was a very smart and interesting thing
done in order for the movie to fit exactly into place. In the story the little details is what makes it
important. Such as the marble floor in the Post Office, or that in the story, the Post Office is small. All of
these little details are left out in the movie. Although it doesn't seem like a great deal, the little details do
play a large part in the importance of the Postal Office in the story. Although the story seems more
simple in the "word" sense, it also leaves a lot of room for the mind to wonder what it is like back in the
1800's. Therefore the story is more open for the mind and it is more pleasing.
"A girl in a high-necked dark dress with cameo brooch at the collar. Her dark hair was swept
tightly back, covering the ears, in a style which no longer suits our ideas of beauty. But the stark severity
of that dress and hairstyle couldn't spoil the beauty of the face that smiled out at me from that old
photograph." This above is the description stated in the story that described Helen Elizabeth Worley.
This description is not of lustrous beauty, but of the true love he felt for her. This statement and
description is made at the end of the story. The movie gave you the chance to make your opinion on looks
before you even began to know her. You are sort of forced by your eyes to make judgments on her
personal appearance in the movie. When you make judgments on appearance then you don't get the
picture of this story, or any story for that matter. The imagination is one of the most powerful tools you
can have, and in the movie you don't use it that often, because the movie paints the picture for you.
The unlimited amount of communication is a very important change from the story to the movie.
The idea that their is unlimited communication between two distant times seems more impossible than
just being able to contact someone two or three times. "The little center desk drawer stood half-open as
I'd left it, and then, as my fell on it. I realized suddenly that of course it, too, must have another secret
drawer behind it. I hadn't thought of that. It simply hadn't occurred to me the week before, in my
interest and excitement over the letter I'd found behind the first drawer of the row: and I'd been too busy
all week to think of it since. But now I pulled the center drawer all of the way out, reached behind it and
found the little groove in the smooth wood I touched. Then I brought out the second secret little drawer."
It seems more possible and logical, as explained in the quote above, to be able to communicate only a
limited amount of times rather than unlimited. This also keeps great suspense on what they will say in the
letters because they are more precious because they can't continue to send that many more letters.
"It must easily be one of the oldest postal substations in the borough; built, I suppose, not much
later than during the decade following the Civil War. And I can't imagine that the inside has change
much at all. The floor is marble; the ceiling high, the woodwork dark and carved. The outer lobby is
open at all times, as are post-office lobbies everywhere, and as I pushed through...