Chapter 20 Summary

Still dark outside, Hawkeye awakens the other men, signaling that it is time to leave the fort and head toward Canada in pursuit of Magua and the Munro sisters. Although the trip from the fort to the river would have been more easily traversed through the grassy fields, Hawkeye leads the men over a path of rocks and wood so they will leave no footprints.

Once in the boat, Heywood asks for an explanation for Hawkeye's caution. Heywood assumes that with the death of the Oneiga Indian the night before, all danger has passed. Hawkeye, however, informs him that when one Indian dies, his tribe seeks revenge. Hawkeye believes that the woods are filled with enemies, even though they cannot see or hear them.

As they...

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