The Last of the Mohicans
Important Quotations Explained
is reason in an Indian, though nature has made him with a red skin!
. . . I am no scholar, and I care not who knows it; but judging
from what I have seen, at deer chases and squirrel hunts, of the
sparks below, I should think a rifle in the hands of their grandfathers
was not so dangerous as a hickory bow and a good flint-head might
be, if drawn with Indian judgment, and sent by an Indian eye.
am not a prejudiced man, nor one who vaunts himself on his natural
privileges, though the worst enemy I have on earth, and he is an
Iroquois, daren’t deny that I am genuine white.
Mingo is a Mingo, and God having made him so, neither the Mohawks
nor any other tribe can alter him.
Hurons love their friends the Delawares. . . . Why should they not?
They are colored by the same sun, and their just men will hunt in
the same grounds after death. The redskins should be friends, and
look with open eyes on the white men.
pale-faces are masters of the earth, and the time of the red-men
has not yet come again. My day has been too long.
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