Posted by Elaine on October 27, 1997 at 14:56:57:
In Reply to: Alice, Magua, Uncas... posted by Myrrh on October 27, 1997 at 13:37:59:
A couple of things to consider... The Huron Land which Magua was probably heading to was quite a distance away, the Lake Erie region. If Alice was not retaken soon, the likelihood of successfully finding her was not very good. Her fate was to be Magua's unwilling wife (if he didn't sell her), which obviously did not sit too well with Uncas, her new suitor. From that perspective, Uncas' actions were actually pretty reasonable.
He was, however, behaving rashly by not waiting for Chingachgook and Hawkeye. The trio could then have planned the rescue, possibly with success. Uncas' emotions got the better of him, though. If the truth be told, Myrrh... he should have known better! There wasn't a chance in h*** Uncas could have saved Alice from the fierce Magua and company! Not only did he risk his own life, but her's as well.
So, waiting until she was taken to Huron Land would have been more risky. And, yes... he was acting on impulse.
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