Hawkeye, who feared his voice would betray him to his subtle enemies, gladly profited by the interruption, to break out anew in such a burst of musical expression as would, probably, in a more refined state of society have been termed "a grand crash." Among his actual auditors, however, it merely gave him an additional claim to that respect which they never withhold from such as are believed to be the subjects of mental alienation
. The little knot on Indians drew back in a body, and suffered, as they thought, the conjurer and his inspired assistant to proceed.
He was sustained at first by that pride of conscious innocence which is the sequence to hope; then he began to doubt his own innocence, which justified in some measure the governor's belief in his mental alienation
; and then, relaxing his sentiment of pride, he addressed his supplications, not to God, but to man.
For example, while she acknowledges that the almost Pynchonian historiographic melodrama of Martha Peake is far removed from the lucid anatomy of mental alienation
in Spider, Zlosnik's emphasis on both as self-consciously Gothic fictions, and her insistent focus on their intertextuality, irony, and pastiche, runs the risk of suppressing the differences between them.