The Last of the Mohicans Essential Quotes by Theme: Friendship

James Fenimore Cooper

Essential Quotes by Theme: Friendship

Essential Passage 1: Chapter 8

“I cannot permit you to accuse Uncas of want of judgment or of skill,” said Duncan. “He saved my life in the coolest and readiest manner, and he has made a friend who never will require to be reminded of the debt he owes.

Uncas partly raised his body, and offered his hand to the grasp of Heyward. During this act of friendship, the two young men exchanged looks of intelligence which caused Duncan to forget the character and condition of his wild associate. In the meanwhile, Hawk-eye, who looked on this burst of youthful feeling with a cool but kind regard, made the following reply:

“Life is an obligation which friends often owe to each other in the wilderness. I dare say I may have served Uncas some such turn myself before now; and I very well remember that he has stood between me and death five different times....”

As the party travels through the woods, they hear what turns out to be the scream of a horse. With the additional howl of a wolf, they know that the Huron are on their trail. Hawkeye calls for them to take cover. Once protected, Hawkeye reprimands Uncas for his careless firing. Duncan takes issue with the scout, since it was through Uncas’s efforts that Duncan’s life was spared during the attack. It is because of this, Duncan says, that Uncas is now his friend for life. Uncas and Duncan shake hands, acknowledging their new friendship. Duncan is able to look past the color of Uncas’s skin to recognize a true friend. Hawkeye, seeing the new friendship, tells Duncan that saving the life of another is the obligation that friends owe to each other in the wilderness. Both Uncas and Hawkeye have saved each other's life many times.

Essential Passage 2: Chapter 28

“The Hurons love their friends the Delawares,” returned Magua. “Why should they not? They are colored by the same sun, and their just men will hunt in the same grounds after death. The redskins should be friends, and look with open eyes on the white men. Has not my brother scented spies in the woods?”

Magua enters the Delaware camp, seemingly nonthreatening and unarmed. He discusses with Hard Heart, the spokesman for the Delaware tribe, about the coming white men. He warns him that they are coming swiftly. Hard Heart replies that they will find the Delaware ready. Magua offers gifts to the Delaware, with much flattery. The Delaware become more accepting and welcome Magua. Magua states that the Hurons and the Delawares are friends because they are fellow Native Americans, with the same color skin. He states that all “redskins” should be friends and join as allies against the white men. Magua then tells the Delawares that “La Longue Carabine” is among those who are coming to the Delaware camp. The Delawares are shocked, for they have long heard about “La Longue Carabine” as a mighty warrior against their tribe. The white men and women are then brought before the Delaware tribe, awaiting judgment concerning their fate.

Essential Passage 3: Chapter 33

“Why do my brothers mourn!” he said, regarding the dark race of rejected warriors by whom he was environed. “Why do my daughters weep! That a young man has gone to the happy hunting grounds; that a chief has filled his time with honor? He was good: he was dutiful; he was brave. Who can deny it? The Manitto had need of such a...

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