Queen of the Desert REVIEW
Every once in a while, someone comes along who decides not to be cautious with the throttle when they live their life. Gertrude Bell deserves a place on this list. The movie portrays her as unwilling to settle for anything less than a life of aventure and by the time she was done, there was hardly anything *but adventure* in the fabric she wove of that single supply of time that we all draw from. She meets someone who seems to love the same sort of life she does but ... he fails to meet her father's measurements for an appropriate marriage.
"Love is lawless," he says. "Don't go."
She does (the mistake that Rousseau warns of in Ou la nouvelle Héloïse ).
And for the rest of her life she concludes that "love was not ment for me."
The same cannot be said for adventure. She learnes languages and travels extensively in the Middle East as a writer, an archaeologist, and an eventual consultant to the British government. We owe the modern day countries of Iraq and Jordan much to her work. I have wondered somedays, had I been the child of a wealthy industrialist as Gertrude Bell was, would I have taken a similar path. Perhaps I shall never know as ... I wasn't.
Question for Comment: What is you life's biggest adventure thus far?