Posted by Dana S. on November 07, 1999 at 10:58:34:
In Reply to: Re: The Deerslayer - Redeeming Qualities posted by Gayle on November 07, 1999 at 07:42:02:
: I think we are generally agreed with the rest of the world that Harry March is a pretty interesting and lovable character, while Natty shows a certain lack of flexibility. It seems to me that Natty's unwillingness to "bend" takes the form of staunchly demanding recognition of differences in life and people, while Harry has everybody and everything narrowly pigeonholed from the get-go and won't even consider other possibilities. Still, both display contraditions as the story goes on, and sometimes in surprising ways. Consider the following conversations between the two:
In light of what you have stated above, Gayle, I think Natty is just "right and truthful". Hurry seems to be the inflexible one. Natty, also, seems to be tolerant. Inspite of Natty's differences with Harry and his murderous thoughts, he is willing to be "friends". Of course, if he up and walked off, we wouldn't have much of a book! One can't be much more flexible than that.
I couldn't live with Hurry Harry. He's just a little too violent for me. I wouldn't have the presents of mind or the courage to stand up to him as Natty does. The first time he tried to choke me, I'd have run ( but not before leaving a little puddle)!
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