Date: Thu, 28 Jul 1994 17:46:41 CDT From: Mike Picone Subject: Re: Forrest Gump According to my recollection also, there was no use of invariant be in the movie. I have had a chance now to glance at excerpts from the book and am suprised not by the vast difference between the two (which is not an uncommon reaction, as we all know) but by the fact that the movie, in my humble opinion, outshines the book, and by no small measure. The Gump that I see portrayed in the book is much less of an appealing or heroic figure (in terms of character, not serendipitous achievement). So, if you have been hesitating to see the film because you didn't like the book, you may be in for a surprise. The author does use a certain amount of eye dialect in representing Gump's speech (and everyone else's as told through Gump's lips). Few r's are dropped except for poor > po and New York > New Yawk. There's a lot of jus for just, axed for asked, thowed for threw and that type of thing, and the invariant be that has already been mentioned. Again, one wonders just who is Winston Groom's audience and how much are speech habits being customized for the sake of that audience. Winston Groom is, I believe, an Alabama native. At any rate, he graduated from here (Univ. of Alabama) and now lives down in Point Clear on the shores of Mobile Bay. Mike Picone University of Alabama