Posted by MMMMarcia on October 06, 1998 at 11:11:42:
In Reply to: Apples and Oranges posted by Gayle on October 06, 1998 at 08:22:15:
Hi, Gayle! You'll get no arguments from me, either, as I am still trying to buck up my courage and tackle the Leatherstocking Tales. After reading this most informative post from you, I'm fired up to try it again. Thanks for all this info.
One other thing to consider regarding the personality differences between Mann's version of Cora and Alice, wherein we are not privy to their various backgrounds at all, but are left to assume they have been brought up the same...never forget the basic inherent differences in personalities that can occur between any siblings, anywhere. I know this first hand, as do many of you, I'm sure. Siblings can be raised under exactly the same conditions...household rules, religious upbringing, education, expectations, and love...and turn out as different as night and day. One brother becomes a thief and the other a priest. One sister is capable and independent, the other a clinging vine. Adversity makes one sibling strong and breaks another. So, even without the background differences Cooper wrote about, I have no problem understanding how the Munro sisters could be so completely opposite in temperment and strength.
Just some additional thoughts to ponder.
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