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Cooper is at his best in these two chapters of dynamic and exciting episodes as the Mingos and their

Cooper is at his best in these two chapters of dynamic and exciting episodes as the Mingos and their

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Cooper is at his best in these two chapters of dynamic and exciting episodes as the Mingos and their  enemies come to open warfare on land and on Glimmerglass. There are no long, digressive  moments of describing either the beauty of the lake, the surrounding woods, the sunset, or the  sunrise. All the previous descriptions have provided abundant details of the physical setting, and the  novelist can proceed at a rapid pace in telling his story. Significantly, perhaps, Deerslayer vanishes  completely (his name is seldom mentioned) from the action, and his fate seems settled. Deerslayer's  absence likewise appears to be a sign that the fortunes of the besieged group are declining: Judith  and Hetty are in danger as they attempt to reach the relative security of the ark; Hurry Harry is  exhausted after his harrowing experience at Muskrat Castle; and Tom Hutter is close to death. Only 
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