The Prairie (Leatherstocking Tale)
James Fenimore Cooper
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The final novel in Cooper’s epic, The Prairie depicts Natty Bumppo at the end of his life, still displaying his indomitable strength and dignity.
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most highly gifted, and, until now, the most favored of the wives of the Teton. Her charms had not been without the most powerful attraction in the eyes of her husband, until they had so unexpectedly opened on the surpassing loveliness of a woman of the Pale faces. From that hapless moment the graces, the attachment, the fidelity of the young Indian had lost their power to please. Still the complexion of Tachechana, though less dazzling than that of her rival, was, for her race, clear and
head if I forget your honesty, however slow it has been in showing itself,” cried Middleton, hastening to the side of the weeping Inez, the instant he was released; “and, Friend, I pledge you the honor of a soldier that your own part of this transaction shall be forgotten, whatever I may deem fit to have done, when I reach a place where the arm of Government can make itself felt.” The dull smile with which the squatter answered to this assurance proved how little he valued the pledge that the
usually ignorant of their origins and will come into their inheritance only at the close of the action, usually through the agency of such credentials as birthmarks or tokens of great value and established provenance that will confirm their aristocratic lineage. Meanwhile, the loose sequence of change that we charitably call the plot depends on the lovers meeting, falling in love, and then undergoing a cycle of separations and reunions capped by the final, permanent reunion. More specifically,
Then as a father, he is as generous as a Lord; for his sons have only to name the spot where they would like to pitch, and he gives ‘em a deed of the Plantation, and no charge for papers, is ever made.” As the wife of the squatter concluded, she raised a hollow taunting laugh, that was echoed from the mouths of several juvenile imitators, whom she was training to a life as shiftless and lawless as her own, but which notwithstanding its uncertainty was not without its secret charms. “Holla! old
much of the impression of humanity to become the prey of their obscene appetites. CHAPTER XIII. “A pickaxe, and a spade, a spade. For,—and a shrouding sheet: O, a pit of clay for to be made For such a guest is meet.” Hamlet, V.i.102-05. STAND back! stand off, the whole of ye!” said Esther, hoarsely, to the crowd which press’d too closely on the corpse, “I am his mother, and my right is better than that of ye all. Who has done this! Tell, me, Ishmael, Abiram, Abner, open your mouths and