Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences

By Mark Twain

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...FENIMORE COOPER'S LITERARY OFFENCES

by Mark Twain



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...in the air.

2. They require that the episodes of a tale shall be necessary parts...

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...personages of his tale and in their fate; and that he
shall make the reader love...

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...art of the forest, as practised by Natty Bumppo and some of the
other Cooperian experts....

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...his lucid and graceful phrasing of them; but that particular
statement needs to be taken with...

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...it is being hauled against
the stiff current by a rope whose stationary end is anchored...

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...watched the canal-boat as it squeezed along under him, and when
he had got his calculations...

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...the two objects is the same. It takes a keen eye to see a
fly or...

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...was a laugh. "It's a dead miss," said Major Lundie.
Pathfinder waited an impressive moment or...

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...such a thing,' cried Major Duncan, 'I
...

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...when it was the custom
to spread a two-minute remark out to ten; when a man's...

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...Alice and Cora were being chased by the
French through a fog in the neighborhood of...

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..."determine";
"mortified," for "disappointed"; "meretricious," for "factitious";
"materially," for "considerably"; "decreasing," for "deepening";
"increasing," for "disappearing"; "embedded," for...