The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757

By James Fenimore Cooper; James Daugherty | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 18

"Why, anything: An honorable murderer, if you will; For naught I did in hate, but all in honor." Othello.

THE bloody and inhuman scene rather incidentally mentioned than described in the preceding chapter, is conspicuous in the pages of colonial history, by the merited title of "The Massacre of William Henry." It so far deepened the stain which a previous and very similar event had left upon the reputation of the French commander, that it was not entirely erased by his early and glorious death. It is now becoming obscured by time; and thousands, who know that Montcalm died like a hero on the plains of Abraham, have yet to learn how much he was deficient in that moral courage without which no man can be truly great. Pages might be written to prove, from this illustrious example, the defects of human excellence; to show how easy it is for gen

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