Three more characters join the story: the Hutter family. The five characters now introduced are all the "white" characters who dominate the action, and the introduction of the "red," or Indian, figures is foreshadowed by the discussion between Deerslayer and Hurry Harry about the different races. Hurry proclaims the superiority of the white race over the black and red races, but Deerslayer replies simply that "God made all three alike." However, Natty begins to explain a key concept, the idea that God "gave each race its gifts." For example, Natty mentions that a white man, whose "gifts are Christianized," cannot scalp a fallen foe; but scalping to an Indian is "a signal vartue" because he lives by the code of the wilderness. The illustration by Deerslayer is important in the plot because Floating Tom and Hurry Harry will later attempt to violate a white man's "gifts" by seeking scalps.
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