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The challenge of the Mingos is related and interpreted as part and parcel of the chivalric code of t

The challenge of the Mingos is related and interpreted as part and parcel of the chivalric code of t

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The challenge of the Mingos is related and interpreted as part and parcel of the chivalric code of the  American Indian. This episode of the sticks dipped in blood is an example of Cooper's adaptation of  the medieval background from Scott's novels and the Gothic romances, "nationalized" by him to the  American scene. Deerslayer elaborates on the differences between the moral world of the Indian and  that of the white man in his fraternal advice to Chingachgook before the latter's departure for the  shore. The Christian lesson is the line of division between the two worlds, and Deerslayer again  stresses his belief in the ethical values of religion. Although he defends Christian principles,  Deerslayer is not fully in favor of organized churches. He makes the point, for example, that church 
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