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The Pathfinder

or, The Inland Sea

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Published: 1840
Language: English
Wordcount: 178,769 / 499 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 4,899
mnybks.net#: 1888
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r creature at his side; but she soon turned with a look of surprise to her relative, and said hesitatingly, for both had often admired the Tuscarora's knowledge, or, we might almost say, instinct, --

"A pale-face's fire! Surely, uncle, he cannot know _that_?"

"Ten days since, child, I would have sworn to it; but now I hardly know what to believe. May I take the liberty of asking, Arrowhead, why you fancy that smoke, now, a pale-face's smoke, and not a red-skin's?"

"Wet wood," returned the warrior, with the calmness with which the pedagogue might point out an arithmetical demonstration to his puzzled pupil. "Much wet -- much smoke; much water -- black smoke."

"But, begging your pardon, Master Arrowhead, the smoke is not black, nor is there much of it. To my eye, now, it is as light and fanciful a smoke as ever rose from a captain's tea-kettle, when nothing was left to make the fire but a few chips from the dunnage."

"Too much water," returned Arrowhead, with a slight nod of the head; "Tuscar

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2011.05.16
didthat1x
*****

I find it hard to believe that people of the late 18th century used so many words to express themselves. Maybe this is just JFC's writing style to conote expression and emotion without parenthetical description. Were people of that era so reticent to express their feelings as shown by the semi-dramatic scene between Mabel, Jasper and Pathfinder at the end?


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