I'd like to ask about the meaning of "scalp" in the following context.
Jopale assumed she was heading west, perhaps even to the New Isles.
But no, she explained that she didn't have any ticket. She'd heard about his plans and simply come here to speak with him now.
"Please," she implored, touching her wide mouth, then running a hand across her long, elegant scalp.
Does "scalp" mean "hair" in this case.
Perhaps it means the simply her head? She had a shapely head? I don't find it very natural.
It's possible then, that something bad is going to happen in the story. Native Americans (the American Indians), took pride in removing the scalp from their victims. This was known as 'scalping'. The more scalps you took, the better and more fiercesome warrior you were. Maybe the writer is drawing the reader's attention to the imminence of Jopale's death. I'm sure my interpretation is rubbish !
Last edited by fromatto; 16-Mar-2008 at 17:51. Reason: lack of confidence