Cora makes instant moral judgments about people, based on how they choose to treat other individuals, including how they behave around corpses. She does not say anything, but looks on in disapproval when Uncas, Hawkeye, and their father take goods off slain British soldiers. She does, however, confront them when they refuse to give people a “proper Christian burial,” and assumes that they do not know the people massacred in the cabin, because if they did, they would not leave them to rot in the sun. It catches her off guard to discover she is wrong, and that each of them did know those people—quite well, in fact. This prompts her to ask more questions about them, in an attempt to learn more about them, and about Hawkeye, who fascinates her. She spends much of her time thinking about how to care for her sister, and looking after her, even holding onto her in battle scenes in an effort to protect her and prevent her from seeing anything that might scar her. Cora is much stronger than she is, and able to cope with the bad things life throws at her; when she learns of their father’s death, though upset she can hold in her feelings, but also tells him to please not tell her sister. Cora refuses Duncan’s proposal because she does not love him, has grown up alongside him, and sees him as a sibling rather than a lover, but finds a polite way to tell him this. She angrily confronts her father for Hawkeye’s arrest and tells him if he considers that man to be a savage, she intends to be one too—because she has chosen to take his side. She is quick to admit her feelings to Hawkeye on the road, about how this place is “nothing like I imagined it,” and she prefers the reality to any of her wild imaginings, because it is more “stirring to my soul.” She reads things on the surface level, much of the time. She assumes Hawkeye’s unwillingness to bury the massacred people they find is because he does not know them and does not care about their welfare, rather than that he has a rational reason for doing so despite having had a personal relationship with them. It’s important to her to form a personal connection and have chemistry with someone; she wastes no time in acting on her feelings for Hawkeye, sneaking away with him their first night at her father’s fort and making love in the shadows. Cora does not show much intuition, other than her ability to completely change her mind about Hawkeye within a few days of knowing him and having talked to him about his life (this lets her see his human side), but she is able to make rational decisions under the heat of battle—she tells Hawkeye to save himself and the others, and agrees to be submissive and tolerate whatever Magua is going to do to her, to “stay alive” so Hawkeye can come for her.

Enneagram: 1w2 so/sx

Cora is very confrontational and direct—she attacks her father for his racist attitudes and for not allowing men to leave the fort and then does what she wants (being with Hawkeye) even though it’s not seen as proper for the time period. She also gets into arguments with Hawkeye several times, about what the right/moral thing to do is in any given situation. She looks for ways to be useful to other people, especially her sister; she has made it her mission to take care of her, protect her, comfort her, and stand by her, often taking on more than her fair share of the work so that her sister can rest, and not wanting her to become more independent out of the fear that life will be too much for her. Alice is sensitive where her sister is strong, and Cora fights many of her battles for her—and for other people, too. Cora spends her time at the fort tending to injured men, sitting and comforting them as they are dying, and takes refuge from all that death in the arms of Hawkeye. She seeks love as a comfort in a time of distress, and tries to be useful to him as well. She can be fiery and combative, assertive and moralistic, but also emotional and easily insulted by insinuations that she is not useful enough.