Re: Apples and Oranges and a Hawkeye that works!

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Posted by Gayle on October 06, 1998 at 14:06:03:

In Reply to: Re: Apples and Oranges and a Hawkeye that works! posted by MMMMarcia on October 06, 1998 at 13:08:05:

Marcia wrote
: >> I just want to be able to imagine MY Hawkeye's face & form as I read!

Unquestionably!! Even though Natty thought of himself as not good looking, I have convinced myself that he was just an ugly duckling who turned into a swan as he grew up. But since he was too humble to, as he told Harry March "stop and admire himself in every shining pool he came to", he never realized he had grown up to look like Daniel Day-Lewis.

: :Natty is more contemplative, more primitive, and more stringently moral,

: >>And TALKS a WHOLE lot more!!

No argument there.

: >>OK, I'm trusting you now. I am determined to give it a try. Tell us all again the order in which we should attack these Tales.

The Deerslayer
Last of the Mohicans
The Pathfinder
The Pioneers
The Prairie

: :What I like about the books is following the character from young manhood to the time of his death,

: >>Now here you've stumped me...MY Hawkeye is surely IMMORTAL!! I shall have to work hard on this issue of his eventual demise! Arrrgh!!

When you have followed him all through the triumphs and agonies of his long life, the death scene will dissolve you. Then you do what Cooper did when his readers could not accept the death of The Leatherstocking. You go back and resurrect Natty and Chingachgook as young men on the shores of the Glimmerglass (The Deerslayer). And it makes you feel better to have them young and full of the joy of life again.


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