In the popular versions of this story, Osceola was
usually in irons -- or in prison -- when his wife was being captured. He
was never standing by and watching, as the engraving seems to suggest. It
is hard to say whether the engraving exaggerated, however, since the
artistic style of the day was to foreshorten perspective when depicting
events. Readers probably interpreted the illustration as both a literal
and figurative representation.
The detail of the daughter watching her mother get carried away was
an embellishment well calculated for emotional effect.
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