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In "A Courtship," Log-in-the-Creek is the only one of the Chickasaw young men who does not stop courting Herman Basket's sister after Ikkemotubbe's interest in her becomes known. His unheroic name seems to fit his apparently negligible character: he cannot hold his liquor, and he "raced no horses and fought no cocks and cast no dice" (364). "Nobody paid any attention to him" (363), though the sound of the harmonica he plays constantly while sitting outside Herman Basket's house is a persistent source of aggravation to the other male Chickasaw, but perhaps it speaks differently to Herman Basket's sister. Her ultimate choice for a mate has been read as a triumph for the artist over the warrior.

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