In The Last of the Mohicans, why did Hawkeye agree to help the party?

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Major Heyward finds himself in a bit of a jam. He and the other members of the party—the Munro sisters and David Gamut—urgently need to get to Fort William Henry. But it's perfectly clear that, without assistance, they stand no chance of getting there in one piece. Heyward has already...

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Major Heyward finds himself in a bit of a jam. He and the other members of the party—the Munro sisters and David Gamut—urgently need to get to Fort William Henry. But it's perfectly clear that, without assistance, they stand no chance of getting there in one piece. Heyward has already made the mistake of trusting the devious Magua, so it's imperative that he and the party can find someone they can rely on. So Heyward asks Hawkeye and his two Mohican friends, Uncas and Chingachgook, if they will agree to act as guides. After consulting with his friends, Hawkeye agrees to help. He and the Mohicans know that this is the right thing to do. Helping a group of people so obviously in need is a matter of honor for the Mohicans, an important part of their tribal custom and tradition.

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