“His head was large; his shoulders narrow; his arms long
and gangling; while his hands were small if not delicate. His
legs and thighs were thin, nearly to emaciation, but of extraordinary
length; and his knees would have been considered tremendous,
had they not been outdone by the broader foundations on which
this false superstructure of blended human orders was so profanely
description of David Gamut’s physical appearance (Chapter
2. “Should we distrust the man because his manners are
not our manners, and that his skin is dark?”
Cora speaking of Magua (Chapter I).
3. “There is reason in an Indian, though nature has made
him with a red-skin!”
to Chingachgook (Chapter III).
4. “I am on the hill-top, and must go down into the valley;
and when Uncas follows in my footsteps, there will no longer
be any of the blood of the Sagamores, for my boy is the last
of the Mohicans.”
Hawkeye about the history of his people (Chapter III).
5. “I have listened to all the sounds of the woods for
thirty years, as a man will listen whose life and death depend
on the quickness of his ears.”
to Cora (Chapter VII).
6. “When the white man dies, he thinks he is at peace;
but the red-men know how to torture even the ghosts of their
Magua, thinking that
Hawkeye is dead, speaking to Heyward (Chapter X).
7. “’T would have been a cruel and an unhuman act
for a white-skin; but ‘t is the gift and natur’
of an Indian, and I suppose it should not be denied.”
of Chingachgook’s scalping of the French sentinel (Chapter
8. “‘There is a principle in that,’ he said,
‘different from the law of the woods; and yet it is fair
and noble to reflect upon.’”
to David’s request that if he should be killed, his murderers
should be forgiven (Chapter XXVI).
9. “He was good; he was dutiful; he was brave. Who can
of Uncas after his death (Chapter XXXIII).
10. “The pale-faces are masters of the earth, and the
time of the red-men has not yet come again.”
Tamenund, the Delaware
patriarch, speaking at the end of the novel (Chapter XXXIII).