The Last of the Mohicans

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Marquis de Montcalm Character Analysis

Head of the French forces in the siege of Fort William Henry, Montcalm is considered, by English and French alike, a just and noble soldier. However, this assessment comes into doubt after Munro, and other English soldiers, believe Montcalm does not do enough to prevent the Mingo slaughter of innocents during the Massacre at Fort William Henry, after a supposed truce is signed between the English and French.

Marquis de Montcalm Quotes in The Last of the Mohicans

The The Last of the Mohicans quotes below are all either spoken by Marquis de Montcalm or refer to Marquis de Montcalm. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bantam Classics edition of The Last of the Mohicans published in 1982.
Chapter 16 Quotes

I will meet the Frenchman, and that without fear or delay; promptly, sir, as becomes a servant of my royal master.

Related Characters: Colonel Munro (speaker), Marquis de Montcalm
Page Number: 181
Explanation and Analysis:

Although Munro does not like the French at all - he, indeed, believes them to be untrustworthy - he accepts the rules of warfare and agrees to speak with them from outside the fort, before the French lay siege to it. He does this because he believes that the rules of warfare apply in all contexts, and to all people - whether they be European or native, and whether the conflict take place on European or on American soil. For Munro, these rules are unshakeable, and an important part of being honorable and "civilized." The rules of war, he might say, are what the fighting of wars are about - defending the principles upon which a society is constructed.

But, of course, not all characters in the novel feel this way. Heyward does, but he is more or less the exception. Of course Magua does not believe in maintaining the covenants he enters into - and Hawkeye, for his part, takes an in-between view, believing that loyalty need not be absolutely in the way of Munro, but that it must nevertheless define a man - that a man, in Hawkeye's mind, must make his own principles and stick to them. 

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Marquis de Montcalm Character Timeline in The Last of the Mohicans

The timeline below shows where the character Marquis de Montcalm appears in The Last of the Mohicans. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...off in the woods, and realize that a small group of Hurons, advance scouts from Montcalm’s French army, are near the block house, examining it for traces of the English. The... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...soldier in the army, that he (Heyward) is conducting a group of prisoners along to Montcalm. Cora, also speaking French, seconds this story, and the French soldier permits them to pass.... (full context)
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...of thousands of French soldiers, who are midway through a siege of that fort, under Montcalm’s command. Hawkeye remarks that the French will continue their shelling of the fort, which is... (full context)
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...admission to the fort, through enemy lines. Heyward wonders if the group shouldn’t surrender to Montcalm himself and gain entry to the fort on account of the band containing two of... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...with Heyward, telling him that Hawkeye has passed through enemy lines and been released by Montcalm back into the English fort, with news from Webb that, in fact, no reinforcements will... (full context)
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Montcalm welcomes Heyward, and Heyward rapidly realizes that Montcalm expects Heyward, as Munro’s emissary, to sue... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Heyward returns from Montcalm’s camp, and finds Munro seated with his two daughters within Fort William Henry. Munro and... (full context)
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...out of his sadness and asks, in an officious voice, if Heyward has news from Montcalm’s camp—Heyward understands this to mean that Munro wishes to suspend, for a time, talk of... (full context)
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Montcalm speaks with Munro, again saying that the British have been overwhelmed by French forces. Munro,... (full context)
Chapter 17
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The chapter begins with Montcalm walking through the woods between the French encampment and Fort William Henry. Montcalm, in the... (full context)
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...to be that of Hawkeye. But just as Magua is about to fire his rifle, Montcalm stops him, saying that there is now a truce between the English and the French,... (full context)
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Montcalm returns to the French lines, and the narrator shifts the scene to inside Fort William... (full context)