Oroonoko - Pages 62 - 81 Summary & Analysis

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When the disappearance of the slaves was discovered, the narrator says, the white members of the colony set off in pursuit of them, led by Deputy-Governor Byam, described by narration as lying, manipulative, and untrustworthy. Mr. Trefry went along, in hopes of mediating between Caesar and Byam. The white pursuers quickly caught up with the escaping slaves, and a battle soon began. At first, the narrator says, the slaves fought well, but then their women and children became fearful and interfered, causing most of the slaves to fall back and leaving only Caesar, Tuscan, and Imoinda / Clemene fighting. They were eventually captured, but as the defiant Caesar vowed to continue to fight, Byam attempted to persuade him that he and the other slaves would have their concerns heard and would be treated respectfully. Byam, narration comments, pledged an oath as a Christian that...

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