Posted by Gayle on July 14, 1998 at 12:31:18:
In Reply to: Re: Uncas/Cora, continued... posted by Lynn on July 14, 1998 at 11:05:36:
: Why did I say Uncas wouldn't spend long-term time with Alice? Of course I do have to project into the future for this, but, after months and months of caring for Alice, in every little way she would need, I would think he would grow tired of it. He wants a woman, and since she couldn't adapt in the least, I think he would finally see her more as an eternal child.
Mann really understood the complete essence of the Cooper Alice, and I don't think he saw fit to change her at all - - she was too unique to pass up! In the book she was a childish, whining, colorless fool who spent almost the entire book in a dead faint and being supported alternately by Cora, Munro or Duncan. I doubt if she was depicted as standing on her feet more than twice in the entire novel. She had to be carried everywhere, because she was always unconscious. My favorite part of the movie is seeing Alice go over the cliff. I could watch it a thousand times and still appreciate it. You are right - Uncas would have stood it for about five minutes before he suggested a friendly walk by the cliff himself.
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