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Why do I need title to the gold, and not just a sack?

A quote I saved from an internet commenter (forgive me, I’ve lost the link):


‘What are we looking for if we get within 12'. I doubt the chest will be out in the open-atop a rock engraved with a smiley face (I would probably walk right by it with everything else I have in mind).  I’m guessing its hidden and not buried. I keep thinking of Teachers with ropes or Cody and the axle. Not to mention the thread in the mud, treasures on a string necklace and how about the tobacco tin with chain.  Is it possible the chest could be tethered, lets say about 12'? The prize for best storyteller really made me think.

If it is tethered…  To what?’

Makes you think, doesn’t it?...


The Thrill of the CHASE (give you TITLE to the gold - the book’s title).


Chase - Engraving, Unenclosed hunting area, the hunted, or a hole in a wall for a pipe to fit into


Title - a right or claim to the ownership of property or to a rank or throne, championship, a name that describes someone's position or job, the name of a book or other artistic work, to give a name, an inscription, an appellation of dignity, honor, distinction, or preeminence attached to a person or family by virtue of rank, office, precedent, privilege, attainment, or lands.

Here’s an interesting idea...  And, ideas like this are the reason you keep coming back to this site.  No one else gives you this stuff.


Here’s a deduction about the poem no one’s made yet…  You can be the first (well, the second) to hear it.  Right here…


Forrest has mentioned in interviews that the original last-line of the poem was:  


‘Just take the chest and leave my bones.’


People usually focus on the fact that this means that Forrest intended to die right where the treasure’s hidden and remain there until someone found him.  Which, in itself, gives you a lot of clues!  The hiding place has to be somewhere where a body could be hidden safely and wouldn’t likely be found (or eaten by wolves).  Which rules out a lot of locations, actually.


But, knowing the original final-line tells us just so much more than that!


If the original final word was ‘bones’ - that means that the final word of Line 22 was likely ‘stones’.  Perhaps ‘hones’ or ‘runes’ or ‘roans’.  Or ‘moans’ or ‘groans’ or ‘cones’.  But, stones seems to fit perfectly (‘cones’ would fit for a volcanic area such as Yellowstone too).  Joans or Jones shouldn’t be ruled out either.  


But, if I had to lay my money down, I’d say that Line 22 originally ended with ‘stones’.  No question.  So, that tells us a fair bit - and fits perfectly with the final stanza.

Take the CHEST and go...

Value of the gold:  roughly $450,000US



But, that’s not all…


‘Just take the CHEST and leave my bones’


You’ll notice that the word ‘chest’ appears in Line 16.  So, Forrest removed ‘chest’ from Line 24 and re-inserted it into Line 16.  This tells us something very important no one’s realized yet:  the word ‘chest’ could be very important!


There’s a Chester, Colorado - and it happens to be smack dab in the middle of a National Forest, right beside Mount Ouray (famous for the ‘Hear me’ speech), and next to Indian Creek (brave) and an old mine.

At the end of a rainbow is a pot of gold.  There is a Pot of Gold at Old Faithful (treasure old), right by Ear Spring (hear me, listen), Solitary Geyser (alone), the Firehole (warm waters), etc...


Peace might be important.  Peace Pipe.


Place where a peace-treaty was signed.


Go in peace is a stereotypical Native American saying popularized by Old Hollywood.

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