Posted by Marcia on September 23, 1998 at 10:52:54:
In Reply to: Re: Switching places in the canoe posted by Claudia on September 23, 1998 at 08:59:28:
: I've read the Soldier description of how hard it was to switch places in the canoe scene, but can somebody please explain to me WHY they would have switched places at all? Thanks.
Hi, Claudia. I can think of two good reasons, right off the bat. First, and foremost, the second canoe was falling WAY behind (remember Hawkeye yelling "Faster!" to them?) They needed to stick together to try to survive the Hurons. Plus, it just makes more sense to distribute the weight more evenly between the two canoes. So, having Uncas jump overboard (supposedly) and climb into the second canoe serves both the purpose of lightening the load in canoe No. 1, and giving more speed, via the paddling expertise of Uncas, in canoe No. 2.
And, yes, as once discussed before, it is very possible to jump out of one canoe and into another without turning either over, in spite of the fact that Eric had trouble accomplishing that. I've both jumped & fallen out of canoes myself, and gotten back in from very deep water. (When I fell out once into some black, swampy, DEEP water in a Florida stream where we had just passed several LARGE alligators, my husband swears to this day, I rocketed up out of that water and back into my canoe seat without even touching the sides of the canoe! *embarrased giggle, here*)
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