A favorite romantic device, used abundantly by Cooper, is the pairing of opposites. Hurry Harry and Deerslayer are compared and contrasted repeatedly, and there are many differences indicated between the two men. Hurry Harry is immediately and sharply depicted as the antithesis of Deerslayer. The two characters become hero and villain, respectively, as the plot unfolds. They are at odds early in the novel, although they journey together and require each other's help against any attack by roving bands of Indians. The two daughters of Tom Hutter have not appeared as yet, but Judith and Hetty have been described in such a way by Hurry Harry that they emerge as very different — and opposite — types, psychologically and physically.An air of mystery already surrounds the figure of Floating Tom when Hurry Harry repeats the rumor that Hutter was a pirate, perhaps a member of Captain Kidd's crew. Also, the description of Muskrat
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Deerslayer, Hurry Harry, opposites. Hurry Harry, men. Hurry Harry