The Last of the Mohicans

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A summer afternoon in the
Year of Grace 1757 - on a
hilltop overlooking the valley 
of the Hudson River.

2
Two tragic figures, remnant
of a once huge Indian tribe
- Chief Great Serpent and 
his son, Uncas.

3
"The pale faces are our friends.
 Go to the fort yonder and
 tell them of the danger that
 threatens."

4
       FORT EDWARD
         _______
One of the few English out-
posts not yet attacked by the 
invading armies of France.

5
Even in a wilderness, gently-
bred women somehow main-
tain the grace and dignity of 
life.

6
Cora Munro, a soldier's
daughter - on a visit to
Fort Edward.

7
Alice, her light-hearted 
sister - whom Cora has 
"mothered" from child-
hood.

8
Captain Randolph - more
interested in women than 
in warfare.

9
Major Heyward - in love
 with capricious Alice.

10
The eternal spirit of youth,
joying while it may - heed-
less of the gathering storm.

11
"Do tell us a story,
   General Webb!"

12
"The Hurons are on the war
 path. They have drunk the
 firewater of the French, and
 have listened to lying tongues."

13
Her girlish fancy investing
the young Chief with a 
halo of romance.

14
"Surely among his own 
people he is a prince!"

15
"You! - The daughter of
Colonel Munro! - ad-
miring a filthy savage!"

16
Two days' march from Fort 
Edward - Colonel Munro,
father of the girls, stoutly
resisting the French assault
upon Fort William Henry.

17
"Three French divisions
 under Montcalm have
 crossed the lake! Men 
 - horses - guns -"

18
Magua - an Indian runner 
in the service of the British.

19
"God grant my messenger
 has reached Fort Edward 
 - else I may never see 
 my daughters again!"

20
General Webb and his staff,
summoned to hear the mes-
sage from Colonel Munro.

21
"- A good opportunity to rejoin
 your father. But you need
 not ride all the way with the
 troops, as the Indian Magua
 knows a short cut through
 the forest."

22
Bedtime - with Alice 
unable to sleep for 
excitement.

23
"There is nothing to fear 
 - we shall soon be with 
 father."

24
Haunted by a premonition of 
evil - a vague dread which 
Cora's reassurance fails to 
banish.

25
"Promise me - whatever
 happens - you will never
 desert me!"

26
"Are you the guide?"

27
"Perhaps Captain Randolph
 will aid Major Heyward
 in protecting the ladies?"

28
"With your permission, sir,
 I will ride with my men 
 - my duty lies with them."

29
 The forest - and the
parting of the ways.

30
A secret path, which only
  Indian eyes can find.

31
"I am David Gamut, a servant
 of the Lord. Permit me to
 ride with you to William
 Henry, whither I am going to
 sing psalms for our brave
 soldiers."

32
Hours later - drenched and
discouraged, in a blinding
rainstorm.

33
Storm-bound woodsmen -
Uncas, his father, and their
friend, Hawkeye, the scout.

34
"In which direction lies Fort
 William Henry? Our Indian guide
 has lost his way!"

35
"An Indian lost in the woods?
 Impossible! Were he blind,
 he would nose the earth - 
 and every blade of grass would
 tell the way!"

36
"He's gone!"

37
"I suspect the varmint covets
 your scalps! Come - these
 woods are no longer safe!"

38
In a cave near Glenn's Falls 
- a hiding place known only 
to Hawkeye and the Mohicans.

39
"Uncas watches."

40
The bond of a common danger 
- drawing together these two, 
so widely separated by the 
mystery of birth.

41
Simple words of a savage 
- yet revealing depths of 
thought and imagination.

42
"You will not be afraid?"

43
After a night of anxious
      watching -

44
"Our last shot!
 Don't waste it!"

45
A deed of mercy.

46
Their one remaining hope -
a desperate plan to draw
the Hurons away from the
cave.

47
Glad to be risking his life
for the sake of the wonder-
ful white maiden.

48
"What the Great Spirit 
  wills shall happen."

49
Within the cave, as minutes 
pass - the growing conviction 
that the stratagem has suc-
ceeded.

50
"Magua does not kill his 
 prisoners - he tortures 
 them!"

51
Keen eyes have watched 
the failure of the ruse.

52
An abandoned block-house.

53
"If you would save the 
 Yellow Hair, consent to
 be my squaw!"

54
"No - no! Rather let
  us die together!"

55
"'Tis but a short distance
 to Fort William Henry -
 we shall be there before
 sundown."

56
Arriving, after all, at 
the same time as the 
troops.

57
Smarting under the rebuff,
Randolph determines to
have it out with Cora.

58
Meekness, masking his 
injured vanity. Then a 
sudden  burst of pride 
and anger -

59
Munro's headquarters -
discussing the critical con-
dition of the fort.

60
"I know the guns on our left
 rampart are useless - but
 Montcalm doesn't know it!
 With God's help we yet may
 save the day!"

61
"Is our condition really 
     so bad, sir?"

62
"If Montcalm's Indians knew
 the truth, our scalps would
 hang in their wigwams before
 morning!"

63
 The fear that grows in 
the heart of a coward.

64
Within the enemy's lines -
     the traitor.

65
Montcalm, commander-in-
chief of the armies of 
France.

66
Under a flag of truce,
Montcalm summons 
Munro to a conference.

67
"Colonel Munro, the fall
 of your fortress is
 inevitable."

68
"I know the guns on your
 left rampart are useless.
 You would never be able 
 to resist my attack."

69
The very words which he
himself had spoken con-
cerning the condition of
the fort.

70
"What about the women 
    and children?"

71
"They shall go unharmed."

72
The honor of Montcalm.

73
That night - to the everlasting 
shame of our civilization - cov-
etous white men sold firewater 
to the Hurons, debauching the 
red men with drunken orgies.

74
The war dance of the 
flaming arrows - over-
ture to the chant of 
Death.

75
Morning - under
 a leaden sky.

76
"I must stay until the last 
 man leaves. Go with the 
 rest in safety."

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Magua - inciting the Huron
braves to defy the authority 
of their chiefs.

78
"The day of Magua has
 come! Follow to my
 wigwam, Dark Hair!"

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Wounded British soldiers - too 
     weak to be removed.

80
     Amid the 
smouldering ruins -

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Magua - seeking hospitality
in the camp of the peaceful
Delawares.

82
"Here ends the trail! When
 the wise men of the Dela-
 wares hear our tale, they
 will not believe the lies of
 Magua!"

83
Indian justice - the ancient
tribal law of the Delawares,
impartially administered by
a council of three wise 
men.

84
"According to the law of 
 Manitou, Uncas will take
 the Dark Hair -"

85
"- but Yellow Hair
 is Magua's lawful
 captive."

86
"Magua, the law of
 sanctuary protects
 you until sundown."

87
"I will go with you, 
 Magua - in place
 of my sister."

88
"When the sun goes down, I
   will be on your trail!"

89
Afar in the wilderness - a camp
         for the night.

90
Ever behind her - the
leering face of Magua!

91
"One step nearer and
     I'll jump!"

92
Through the weary hours 
    of the night -

93
Waiting, with inexorable patience, 
for the outcome of her struggle
against the overpowering desire 
to sleep.

94
Across the trackless 
waste - the cry of 
heart to heart.

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In a beautiful sunlit 
       valley -

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And on a lonely crag -

97
"Woe for the race of red men!
 In the morning of life I saw
 the sons of my forefathers,
 happy and strong - and before
 nightfall I have seen the passing
 of the last of the Mohicans!"

The end

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