The Indians are elated by the sight of such an important enemy as their prisoner

The Indians are elated by the sight of such an important enemy as their prisoner

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The Indians are elated by the sight of such an important enemy as their prisoner. Rivenoak, the  chief, is especially pleased by Deerslayer's capture. Deerslayer's honor, valor, and shrewd tactics  have won the respect of the Mingos; and Rivenoak proposes that Natty join the Indians by returning  to the ark and then betraying his comrades for part of the expected booty. Although Deerslayer  admits that Tom Hutter and Hurry Harry are no true friends of his because of their unscrupulous  actions, he refuses to play the part of a traitor. Rivenoak is also impressed by Deerslayer's  explanation that he came into the Mingo camp on a mission of rescue for a friend and not to take  scalps. However, Catamount, who hoped to have Hist as his squaw, tries to antagonize Deerslayer;  but the latter fends off the Indian's insults.
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