Re: Deerslayer

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Posted by MMMMarcia on February 09, 1999 at 23:04:25:

In Reply to: Re: Deerslayer posted by Pat on February 09, 1999 at 22:31:25:

Pat wrote:
: You are so right! And didn't young Natty choose some strange moments to deliver those soliloquies?


:Poor Hetty! JFC made her preface each speech with a reminder that she was "feeble minded." If Hetty had no dialogue, someone else, reminded us. Also, didn't you get a little tired of their preoccupation with peoples' looks.

Agreed again, and I'm already starting to think if I never hear the phrases "a white man's gifts" and "a redman's gifts" again, it'll be too soon! Also, have you noticed that while she seems pretty naive and innocent, Hetty doesn't really seem all that feeble minded. At least not at this point in the book. Maybe not a scholar, by any means, but they act like she's a blithering idiot, and they are real sure they remind her of it at every turn, lest she be tempted to forget herself and do something clever.

:I did enjoy it despite the faults.

And agreed once more! To me, it's a terrific story, but I'm still not at all convinced that I like Cooper's method of telling it. However, I'm so involved in learning the history of these characters that it is still worth it.

: You're right about the descriptions, they are lovely. And I don't blame poor Natty - it is Cooper's fault he is such a blabbermouth.

Yes, I've convinced myself that as Natty takes becomes more and more of a "REAL" person to me, he and I will come to a "serious disagreement" with some of Mr. Cooper's dialog! MY Natty is definitely less verbose, at least when he's supposed to be doing something else, like stalking a deer or sneaking up on the enemy!

: I have another gripe about the ending. We'll talk when you're finished.

OK...give me a couple more days, as I don't get to read until bedtime.

: What shall we read next?

Why the next in the series, of course...which I believe is The Last of the Mohicans. I'm for sticking it out until I've read 'em all. Maybe I'll get used to the jabbering yet. ;o)


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