We learned from others in Reuben’s little community that Magwich and his comrades indeed had left to find Mawuli and to rescue him if needed. (They had acted before Elijah’s revelation).
Sy and Reuben rushed out in pursuit but returned before sundown when it was clear the trio was well out of the area.
I called a meeting this morning at Elijah’s request. He poured oil upon the anxious spirits of the people and together with the other leaders promised that their concerns would be addressed, (the chief concern being the secrecy of this location if any of Magwich’s group were captured).
Tomas sought permission to go after them, but Elijah ordered him to accompany Sy back to the redoubt.