The Deerslayer (Bantam Classics)

The Deerslayer (Bantam Classics) by James Fenimore Cooper

Title: The Deerslayer (Bantam Classics)
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
ISBN10: 080850956X
ISBN13: 978-0808509561
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (January 1991)
Language: English
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
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The Deerslayer (Bantam Classics) by James Fenimore Cooper


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On the human imagination events produce the effects of time. Thus, he who has travelled far and seen much is apt to fancy that he has lived long; and the history that most abounds in important incidents soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity. In no other way can we account for the venerable air that is already gathering around American annals. When the mind reverts to the earliest days of colonial history, the period seems remote and obscure, the thousand changes that thicken along the links of recollections, throwing back the origin of the nation to a day so distant as seemingly to reach the mists of time; and yet four lives of ordinary duration would suffice to transmit, from mouth to mouth, in the form of tradition, all that civilized man has achieved within the limits of the republic. Although New York alone possesses a population materially exceeding that of either of the four smallest kingdoms of Europe, or materially exceeding that of the entire Swiss Confederation, it is little more than two centuries since the Dutch commenced their settlement, rescuing the region from the savage state. Thus, what seems venerable by an accumulation of changes is reduced to familiarity when we come seriously to consider it solely in connection with time.