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Miles Wallingford

James Fenimore Cooper

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. . .hat has attended my manner of living, and some fortunate investments that have been made of interest-money, I find myself a good deal richer than I had supposed. In relinquishing my property, Miles, you will relinquish rather more than two-and-twenty thousand dollars; or quite twelve hundred a year. There ought to be no misapprehensions on this subject, between us; least of all at such a moment."

"I wish it were more, my sister, since it gives you pleasure to bestow it. If it will render you any happier to perfect any of your plans, take ten thousand of my own, and add to the sum which is now your's. I would increase, rather than lessen your means of doing good."

"Miles--Miles"--said Grace, dreadfully agitated--"talk not thus--it almost shakes my purpose! But no; listen now to my wishes, for I feel this will be the last time I shall ever dare to speak on the subject. In the first place, I wish you to purchase some appropriate ornament, of the value of fi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

typical cooper. lovers challenged - unite at end. GOOD sailing descriptions! Cooper's interesting views of New York and America.

The life and times of Miles Wallingford, part one, with the sequel literally picking up where this book leaves off-in the middle of an action sequence. It was a time before safe spaces, clap backs and micro-aggressions. In short, masculinity was the order of the day-at least for sea faring types, an

As this is one of Cooper's later books, it's interesting to see the frustrations with American society seep into his writing. Other than this commentary, it's a fun sea tale.

More complicated is the portrayal and commentary of slaves and other black people. Cooper appears to have viewed black people

Nifty story of a kid growing up in the Hudson River Valley, who becomes a clipper ship captain. A bit simplistic, consistent with the genre, but gives a look into the mindset of the times. Light reading.