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« on: June 03, 2011, 06:53:43 AM »

When Morton's train stops in middle of the desert to meet Frank's men, Harmonica quickly climbs down from his perch atop the train (before Frank points a gun in his face). I am just wondering why Harmonica climbed down then? (Even if he knew that Frank had seen him atop the train and was trying to escape) how could he have possibly escaped in middle of the desert and with no horse?  Why didn't he wait till the train pulled into some town or station before climbing down?

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2011, 08:38:34 AM »

He assumed he was undetected while atop the train car, but with Frank's gang riding up he knows he will be spotted immediately. He has to move to a new hiding place if he wants to continue to shadow Frank.

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2011, 09:26:04 AM »

He assumed he was undetected while atop the train car, but with Frank's gang riding up he knows he will be spotted immediately. He has to move to a new hiding place if he wants to continue to shadow Frank.

where is he going to hide in middle of the desert? It seems to me that atop the train car is his best bet, to lie low and hope Frank's men don't see him

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2011, 11:43:56 AM »

maybe he was going to join Cheyenne under the train.

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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2011, 06:54:19 PM »

maybe he was going to join Cheyenne under the train.

I think Cheyenne had some cold ones with him !!!

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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2011, 07:05:15 AM »

No doubt. But would he be willing to share?

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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 12:02:40 AM »

They way I understood this was that he felt trapped anyways on top of the train, so although it's a tight spot and almost any action would result in capture, he probably figured staying atop the train gave him the worst chances of capture, so he figured he would make a run for it anyways.  You're right that it's practically a senseless move, but when in such a tense situation, it may be likely he just figured he would do something, even if he knew it was a shot in the dark.  I also think he knew at that point that he would still likely be captured.

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