What does Hawkeye mean when he says he's "a man without a cross"?
Hawkeye referrers to himself several times throughout the book as a "man without a cross" and sometimes specifically a "white man without a cross". This is how he acknowledges his place between cultures. As a white man living among the natives, he doesn't have a full home in either culture. It is also a direct reference to his lack of Christian religion, which further cements his distance from the world of the settled Europeans.
Why do Hawkeye, Chingachgook and Uncas escape from the island during a break in the fighting? Were they right to do so?
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