I just finished Chapter 12, and am very impressed with the writing style of this chapter. Cooper is not always a great writer, but in this chapter his writing ranks very high on my list. It's clear, direct, and also very smooth and easy to enjoy. I also liked his continued references to Deerslayer's utter honesty. It's beginning to make him, perhaps, a very memorable character for me. His sincere and simple praise of Judith when she was wearing the dress from her father's trunk was impressive, indeed.