The revelation of the Mingos

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The revelation of the Mingos' demands is made in the theatrical tradition of melodrama: Deerslayer  calmly states the terms of surrender, and the person addressed replies quickly and vehemently in the  negative. The dialogue is very romantic and idealistic on the part of all the participants. All the traits  of the chivalric code — honor, loyalty, duty are repeated in the speeches. Only Hurry Harry, reverting  to his villainous role after a brief flirtation with repentance because of Tom Hutter's death and burial,  is realistically drawn as he makes his decision to flee. His reasons are practical and self-centered:  what has he to gain by staying with these people who dislike him? — especially Judith. Although the  others disapprove of his flight, Hurry Harry's escape will ironically be the means by which they  survive and by which Cooper can solve his plot complications happily. Anyway, Cooper provides his readers with advance notice of Deerslayer's salvation when he remarks 
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at University of Houston.

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