Posted by MMMMarcia on October 06, 1998 at 11:21:07:
In Reply to: Re: Perfectly Good Hawkeyes and Coras posted by Miss Gaylee Cooper on October 06, 1998 at 10:49:57:
: Well, Marcia, I have to say I was a little stunned myself at Alice's lack of concern for Cora's life. However, if you read the book, you will not find Alice different from the Mann character. Cooper himself noted that that incident was an unusual moment of firmness on Alice's part - I think he meant "firmness" in that she managed to express any opinion at all! Otherwise, throughout the book he continually used the words "infantile dependency", until I thought I would gag. It was obvious Cooper didn't like Alice, when you read the reaction of Alice's grandson to Natty's memories of her in The Prairie. With just a description of a facial expression, Cooper paints a vivid picture of how Alice's infantile dependence game went down with the rest of the family even after two generations. It was a clever bit of poignant skill on Cooper's part.
Thanks again, for this info,Gayle. I would say, based on Cooper's gaggable phrase "infantile dependency," that Mann did, indeed, do a creditable job with his interpretation of Alice. That phrase is perfect for the way I've always seen her, and it is apparent to me that it is the way both JFC and Mann *wanted* her to be seen.
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