That's true. I was surprised by that near the end, but I interpreted it as him being singularly focused on getting to his wife. I think a lot of slaves probably felt that way. Kind of how Broomhilda said to Dr. Schultz that she didn't have any friends when he said a friend was in Candyland to help her. Just one (or two) against everything else.
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
4a, mbl, low porosity, normal thickness, fine hair.