Alice, Magua, Uncas...

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Posted by Myrrh on October 27, 1997 at 13:37:59:

Having just seen Victoria's pointer to the Indian Captives Narratives site, I got to thinking.

Why didn't Uncas allow Alice to go ahead with Magua to their destination, follow them there, and then devise a way to smuggle her out or steal her away? It would have been less risky. That kind of plan would have been more akin to Hawkeye's plan (which had just worked!) of letting the party be captured and taken to Huron land, and then devising a way to secure their release.

I haven't read any of the captive narratives yet, but a couple explanations occur to me:
*maybe Uncas knew they'd have a mind to kill her, and felt it was now or never to try and get her
*maybe his was simply a more spur-of-the-moment nature and he acted on a very strong impulse

Do you guys think he thought ahead about the possible consequences of what he was about to do?? After all, he would be terribly outnumbered! Do you think it's possible he knew it would be a losing battle, but he had to do it anyway?

I'm interested in everyone's thoughts on this.


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