Friday, 29 July 2016
"There were a thousand deer on Nantucket, or had been when the island was covered in scrub and moorland. They had to go, now that it was to be farmland once more. Fencing was out of the question this year at least, and couldn't be deer-proof anyway.
"Besides, I crave red meat, Alston thought. Hunting was useful recreation..." (p. 238)
The land must be cleared for farming; venison is desirable; hunting is enjoyable. When David Crockett shot bears, he fed his family, protected his family, cleared the territory for later settlers and probably enjoyed it.
bowls of venison stew, including mushrooms, roots, wild mustard leaves and chives
bread hot from the oven
astringent red sassafras tea sweetened with honey