Natty Bumppo's code, then, is not rooted in the European past (despite the hero's resemblance to the medieval knights in his conduct) nor is it organized logically and systematically around schoolroom lessons. The originality resides in the simple, direct, trusting approach that Natty gives to each of his beliefs. He believes in God and trusts in divine providence, although Natty cannot fathom it at times, nor justify events. God, for Natty Bumppo, is not different for the white and Indian races but is "our common Maker and Master." The best proof of God's existence and benevolence is the beauty of nature. It is true that nature, as Natty freely admits, has unfavorable aspects, such as winter and storms, but the cycles of the seasons bring relief and appreciation. Natty's wonderment (a recurring pattern in his reactions) at Glimmerglass is explained by his feeling
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