Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Mordaunt Littlepage

Mordaunt Littlepage, a young landowner, the narrator of The Chainbearer. On a visit to his wilderness tract, Ravensnest, he has a run-in with lawless squatters, who imprison him. He is finally rescued by a posse after a battle with his captors. He marries Chainbearer’s niece, Dus Malbone.

Andries Coejemans

Andries Coejemans, also known as Chainbearer, an old woodsman and surveyor, Mordaunt Littlepage’s devoted friend from Revolutionary War days, when they were both captains. In his attempt to rescue Mordaunt from the squatter outlaws, he is imprisoned with his friend and mortally wounded by his captors. Feeling deeply indebted to Chainbearer for their happiness, the Littlepage family erects a monument in his honor and reveres his memory all of their lives.

Ursula Malbone

Ursula Malbone, nicknamed Dus, Chainbearer’s orphaned niece, who marries Mordaunt.


Jaap, Mordaunt’s loyal black servant.

Aaron Timberman

Aaron Timberman, nicknamed Thousandacres, a squatter and illegal operator of a sawmill on Mordaunt’s land. He imprisons Mordaunt and is later slain by the rescuing posse.


Tobit and

Zephanaiah Timberman

Zephanaiah Timberman, Aaron’s lawless sons.

Lowiny Timberman

Lowiny Timberman, Aaron’s daughter. She tries to help the imprisoned Mordaunt and, after his marriage to Dus, becomes their maid.

Jason Newcome

Jason Newcome, the untrustworthy squire at Ravensnest village.

Frank Malbone

Frank Malbone, Dus’ half brother and Mordaunt’s agent at Ravensnest.


Susquesus, nicknamed Trackless, an Indian hunter, loyal friend of Mordaunt and Chainbearer.

Cornelius Littlepage

Cornelius Littlepage and

Anneke Littlepage

Anneke Littlepage, Mordaunt’s parents.

Kate Littlepage

Kate Littlepage, Mordaunt’s sister.

Tom Bayard

Tom Bayard, betrothed to Kate.

Priscilla Bayard

Priscilla Bayard, Tom’s sister.

Dirck Follock

Dirck Follock, Cornelius Littlepage’s friend.

The Chainbearer Bibliography

(Great Characters in Literature)

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Darnell, Donald. James Fenimore Cooper: Novelist of Manners. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1993.

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Frye, Steven. Historiography and Narrative Design in the American Romance: A Study of Four Authors. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2001.

Long, Robert Emmett. James Fenimore Cooper. New York: Continuum, 1990.

McWilliams, John. The Last of the Mohicans: Civil Savagery and Savage Civility. New York: Twayne, 1995.

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Peck, H. Daniel, ed. New Essays on “The Last of the Mohicans.” New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Ringe, Donald A. James Fenimore Cooper. Updated ed. New York: Twayne, 1988.

Verhoeven, W. M., ed. James Fenimore Cooper: New Historical and Literary Contexts. Atlanta: Rodopi, 1993.