Re: Alice: Sorry to bring her up again, but...

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Posted by Sarah on August 24, 1998 at 07:29:55:

In Reply to: Re: Alice: Sorry to bring her up again, but... posted by Chris on August 23, 1998 at 17:03:14:

: : Sarah,
: : An interesting view; I always thought Alice was looking around her as if she didn't know/couldn't figure out where she was; couldn't believe she was yet on the trail again; and was completely at a loss as to where she was; what to do; where she was going; where does this trail go to...until she saw Uncas...which bought a bit of reality to the moment.
: : Don't want to start up any further discussions; just my opinion.

: : Jo

: Hi Jo,

: I saw it the same way you saw it. Total bewilderment.

: Chris

I was going to let this alone, but I find I can't. If she was "lost in the recesses of her mind", she would NOT be looking around looking at things, she would be staring down or ahead with a dead-blank stare, eyes turned inward, UNAWARE of her surroundings. I didn't see that she was in the least but UNAWARE but was aware -- was looking at her surroundings -- probably in bewilderment about where she was and where she was going, but THAT meant by definition that her mind was engaged, not lost.

"Bewildered" in my Oxford dictionary, means utterly perplexed, confused; confounded, puzzled, mystified, befuddled. All of these require that the mind be alert, IN GEAR. THAT's why I say -- yes, she may be been purplexed, but she wasn't as far gone as so many people make her out to be!

In fact, I should say thanks, because your use of the word "bewilderment" has actually supported my arguement. THANKS. :>)


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