At some point in that long scene Karen reaches her hand back from her seat in the front of the plane to find Denys' hand. Such a tender, gentle moment, of which there are many in this movie. I have found photos of some of my favorites - but first a little background that I found from biographer, Linda G. Donelson:
"The Danish writer Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, artfully related her efforts to run a coffee farm in East Africa between 1914 and 1931 in her book Out of Africa. She described her love for Africans and for farming and the tragic loss of her farm in the Great Depression. Her story is notable for its lyrical description of Africa and the larger than life friends she made there.
"Out of Isak Dinesen" is the first to show by detailed analysis the development of Karen Blixen's/Isak Dinesen's relationship with the legendary hunter Denys Finch Hatton. The friendship, which lasted thirteen years, was strongly influenced by the presence or absence of another Kenya settler, Berkeley Cole. Karen Blixen twice believed she was pregnant with Finch Hatton's child
She was married for a time to a lovable rogue, her cousin, Baron Bror Blixen, who gave her syphilis in their first year of marriage. Physically, he was the love of her life, while Finch Hatton became her romantic ideal.
Karen Blixen's medical history has been widely misunderstood. She suffered only briefly from syphilis, and many of her later medical problems are attributable to the arsenic she took for years as a tonic. She also suffered from panic attacks, vividly described in Out of Africa, and a life long fear of living alone."
(The above information taken from the jacket of book entitled, Out of Isak Dinesen, Linda G. Donelson, 1998.)
Karen Blixen: "I had a farm in Africa."
Meryl Streep portrays Karen Blixen, Robert Redford portrays Denys Finch Hatton
One of my favorite scenes is when while travelling together, Denys washes Karen's hair. Such a gentle act of love . . . Do you recall moments when the simplest act of knowing attention meant the world to you?
When Denys washes Karen's hair, he quotes from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner". One line, "He prayeth well, who loveth well, both man and bird and beast," is inscribed on the real Denys Finch Hatton's gravestone.
Two other moving scenes are at the burial of Denys after he lost his life in a plane crash, and then again when Karen later visits Denys' hillside grave. During their years of loving each other, Denys tried to teach Karen to be in the moment, that all they had was that moment; that she could not preordain their future; that when he was with her there was no one else and no where else in the world for him; that she could not own him or control him; she could not understand . . . . . . and her need to control began to push them apart . . . The last two lines she speaks at his graveside indicate that she finally understood - once it was too late.
At Denys' graveside Karen read the poem:
A SHROPSHIRE LAD: XIX TO AN ATHLETE DYING YOUNG by A. E. Housman (1859-1936).
Man and boy stood cheering by...
Runners whom renown outran...
and the name died...
before the man.
And round that early laureled head...
will flock to gaze
the strengthless dead...
and find unwithered on its curls...
briefer than a girl's."
"Now, take back the soul
of Denys George Finch Hatton...
whom You have shared with us.
He brought us joy...
and we loved him well.
He was not ours.
He was not mine."
When Karen is told that a lion pair have been seen lying on Denys' grave..... she says: