In a message dated 8/2/2005 7:11:02 PM Central Daylight Time,
The point of the part of this story is not that Sam makes the right or wise
decision. He doesn't, he's as fallible as anyone. The point is that
divine mercy saves him because he approaches his task with the right
intent, same as it does for Frodo later.
The original point was that Harry's actions in the underground scene with
Dumbledore reminded me of the scene when Sam leaves Frodo.
The next point is that Sam made the right choice to do so.
Beyond that, there isn't any worthwhile discussion. All you've written merely
convinces me that I am correct in my assessment of what Sam did. (And if he'd
known Frodo was alive, what would he have done to escape the orcs? What could
he have done? He only escaped because he was invisible. What would he have
done to make Frodo invisible? Perhaps you also should read it again.) He makes
the right decision to further the quest. It's as simple as that.
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