James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851) Born in a wealth family best known for his stories of frontier life and pioneer adventure. lived abroad from 1826 - 1833, and during this time he defended American democracy in his writings The Pioneers- The Slaughter of the Pigeons Setting
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Time: Close to April; when the snow disappeared
Place: Otsego County, New York; village of Templeton
Natty Bumpoo: in his early seventies, six feet tall; gray eyed, sandy hair, robust, but thin to emaciation.
Cooper reveals the concept of respecting nature (pigeons) by the descriptions dialogues between Natty Bumpoo and other characters (Judge Temple, Edward, Billy Kirby, and other man among the “sportsman” group..etc. )
“What’s that, old Leather-stocking!.. Grumbling at the loss of a few pigeons.” (446)
Unsportsmanlike execution (444)
“This comes of setting a country,…here have I known the pigeons fly for forty years...as harmless as a garter-snake. (446)People in town vs. Natty Bumpoo
“It’s made the same as all other creators, for man’s eating, but not to kill twenty and eat one.”(446)
“It’s much better to kill only such as you want, without wasting your powder and lead,…I come out for…(447)”People in town vs. Natty Bumpoo
“Sport!”it is princely sport…thousands of the blue-coated boys on the ground so every women may have a pot-pie..(448)
Use, but don’t waste. Wasn’t the woods made for the beasts and birds to harbour in? (447)People in town vs. Natty Bumpoo
Richard, boasted for many a year, of his shot with the cricket.
Benjamin gravely asserted, that he thought that they killed nearly as many pigeons on that day, as there were Frenchmen destroyed on the memorable occasions of Rodney’s victory. (448)People in town