impeccable to Admiral
No doubt one must admit the “helplessness, propriety, and incapacity” of most of Cooper
's women, and the dreadfulness of his bores, particularly the Scotchmen, the doctors, and the naturalists.
Like Sir Walter, Cooper
seems to have taken but little pains in the deliberate planning of his plots.
Frequently he accepts a ready-made formula of villain and hero, predicament and escape, renewed crisis and rescue, mystification and explanation, worthy of a third-rate novelist.
His salvation lies in his genius for action, the beauty and grandeur of his landscapes, the primitive veracity of his children of nature.
was an elemental man, and he comprehended, by means of something deeper than mere artistic instinct, the feelings of elemental humanity in the presence of the wide ocean or of the deep woods.
He is as healthy and sane as Fielding
, and he possesses an additional quality which all of the purely English novelists lack.
It was the result of his youthful sojourn in the wilderness.
Let us call it the survival in him of an aboriginal imagination.
reminds one somehow of a moose — an ungraceful creature perhaps, but indubitably big, as many a hunter has suddenly