The height difference between Abe and everyone else is so important to me.
Abraham Woodhull was such an anxious person. Not only was he super jumpy and particular about how he went about his intelligence-gathering business (no one liked to say “spy” or “spying”) but he was also really worried that he wasn’t the man for the job. Abraham Woodhull was even insecure about the fact that he wasn’t a great writer; he apologized for not having the same command of language and the written word that Benjamin Tallmadge did, and he was very self-conscious about all the letters he had to write/send.
So the fact that people like Benjamin, Washington and Lafayette absolutely tower over him is so so fitting and brilliant because this was a man out of his depth, scared, and insecure. He was working with and for some extremely important, educated, eloquent people - people whom he felt DID tower over him in every sense. And yet look what he did, look what a Setauket farmer achieved.
Even Nick looms over Jamie, something that I feel like reflects the fact that Robert Townsend was a good writer and a great spy. Washington at one stage even wanted to cut Abe out of the ring and depend entirely on the intelligence Townsend was getting. Yet even Townsend is towered over by people like Benedict Arnold and Simcoe. I mean, that shot of him at the party standing between them like a school boy in trouble with the headmaster and his father? Genius.
These were just regular people doing the best that they could. A true testament to the idea that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
I’m just really emotional about Abraham Woodhull and height differences that play into characters so well and urgh.
We all know the first thing you think of while studying US History is who would win in a fight. Finally, the definitive answer you’ve been waiting for:
Alexander Hamilton: I know what you’re thinking: he’s a prissy rich boy who can’t take a hit. But he’s been shunned by the other founders since day 1. He probably still thinks the clause that the president must be native born was targeting him. Dude’s got a massive chip on his shoulder and more bottled anger than you can handle. Don’t fight Hamilton.
James Madison: Madison is a complete runt. He’s 5'3", squeaks when he talks, and would probably fall down if you blew on him. Fight James Madison.
Benjamin Franklin: He’s old and fat and probably not in the best physical shape; you could probably take him out. But afterwards he’ll take your ass to town with a bunch of witty burns that society will quote for centuries afterwards. Don’t fight Benjamin Franklin.
Thomas Jefferson: He’s still gloating because he got a ton of credit for plagiarizing John Locke’s ideas- not to mention that he’s a complete hypocrite, advocating for liberty while owning (and even having affairs with) slaves. Dude needs to be taken out. Fight Jefferson.
Samuel Adams: Dude was born with fire spitting out of his ears. He’ll pummel you into the ground, steal your girl, and then blow up your house. Don’t fight Samuel Adams.