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The Last of the Mohicans / Ostatni Mohikanin
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[ 1 ] It is a strange characteristic of the French English war of North America that the dangers of the natural world had to be defeated before any fighting could be done between the two countries. The land was covered in mountains, lakes and forests, which, although the French and British fought over for three years, neither would eventually possess. We start our story in a large forest, where Fort Edward stands. At the time an enormous French army, commanded by General Montcalm, was in the region and the British were worried about an attack.
[ 2 ] A group of people are travelling from Fort Edward to Fort William. Two of them are daughters of the British general, a man called Munro. Instead of going on the normal road between the forts, a journey of two days, they had decided to journey through the forest. The party also included an English officer, a religious man and a native Indian.
[ 3 ] Duncan, the officer, had fair golden hair and bright blue eyes. The younger of the sisters, Alice, was also blonde and fair, and she was very beautiful. The other, Cora, was also beautiful, but had black hair, darker skin and was perhaps five years older. The fourth white man, David, was a strange looking man. His head was large, his shoulders narrow, his arms and legs long and thin. He was a pilgrim who had come to America to tell the natives about the word of God. As for the Indian who was guiding the group, he was silent and angry-looking.
[ 4 ] While the Indian was walking ahead, Alice asked Duncan about their guide.
[ 5 ] “I don’t like him. Can we trust him?”
[ 6 ] “I would not let any man guide us who I do not know. I met him by accident. He once had some trouble with your father, but he has been punished for that.”
[ 7 ] “If he has been my father’s enemy, I like him even less,” said Alice.
[ 8 ] “Should we distrust a man because his skin is darker than ours?” asked Cora coldly, and the conversation stopped.
[ 9 ] After a time, David began singing a religious song and Alice joined in. The group relaxed as they continued through the narrow forest path. However, after one song the Indian came to the group and spoke quickly to Duncan.
[ 10 ] “Though we are not in danger, our guide suggests that we should avoid attention while on these paths,” Duncan told them.
[ 11 ] Their journey continued in silence, and none noticed when an Indian face looked out from behind a tree, viewing his potential victims.
[ 12 ] Later in the day, and only a few miles to the west, we can find two men standing together by a small river. One of the men was a redskin while the other, although dark, was a white man – a strange couple. One carried the tomahawk of a native; the other had a long hunting rifle. The native was almost naked, whereas the white man wore a green hunting shirt. They called each other by their Indian names, Chingachgook and Hawkeye, and spoke in the Indian language. The Indian was telling Hawkeye about the history of his people.
[ 13 ] “The first whitefaces were Dutch. In those times we, the Delawares, were a happy people. The lakes gave us fish; the wood, animals; and the air, its birds. We took wives, who gave us children. Then the Dutch came and gave my people firewater, and we drank until the heaven and earth seemed to meet. Then they gave away their land. My whole family departed to the next world, and when Uncas follows me to that land, there will be no more of us, for my son is the last of the Mohicans.”
[ 14 ] In the next instant a youthful warrior passed between them.
[ 15 ] “Uncas is here!” he said.
[ 16 ] “Do the Huron walk in these woods?” Chingachgook asked seriously.
[ 17 ] “I have been following them. They number as many as the fingers on my two hands.”
[ 18 ] Suddenly the older Indian bent down and put his ear to the ground.
[ 19 ] “I hear the sound of feet!” said Hawkeye.
[ 20 ] “No. The horses of white men,” said Chingachgook. “Hawkeye, they are your brothers; speak to them.”
[ 21 ] In a few moments a man on a horse rode into the area.
Hawkeye and the rider quickly spoke to each other.
[ 22 ] “Who comes?” asked Hawkeye.
[ 23 ] “An officer of the king. Do you know the distance to Fort William?”
[ 24 ] “You must be lost. It is many miles. I suggest you go to Fort Edward.”
[ 25 ] “But that is where we started our journey this morning. We trusted our Indian guide to lead us the way.”
[ 26 ] “An Indian lost in the woods! It is very strange. Is this man a Delaware?”
[ 27 ] “No, I think he is a Huron. But he has worked for me before and I trust him.”
[ 28 ] “A Huron! They are thieves. I would only trust a Mohican or a Delaware. We should try to take this Indian prisoner. Then I will take us to a safe place to sleep.”
[ 29 ] The other three riders then appeared with their Indian guide, Magua. The two Indian friends of Hawkeye disappeared without being seen.
[ 30 ] “I see the ladies are tired. Let’s rest a moment,” said Duncan.
[ 31 ] “The whitefaces are slaves to their women,” said Magua in his own language.
[ 32 ] “What does Magua say?” asked Duncan.
[ 33 ] “He says it is good,” said Magua.
[ 34 ] “It will soon be night, Magua, and we are no closer Fort William than when we started. Luckily we have met a hunter who can lead us to a safe place to stay the night.”
[ 35 ] “Then I will go, and the whitefaces can be together.”
[ 36 ] “No, Magua, are we not friends? Stop and eat with us.”
[ 37 ] Magua went to sit down, but stopped when he heard quiet sounds from the forest near him.
[ 38 ] “Magua doesn’t eat,” he told Duncan.
[ 39 ] Duncan decided to get off his horse and offer Magua some of his food. He hoped to capture him as Hawkeye had advised. As he got close to the Indian, he tried to hold his arm. Magua, feeling the danger, ran into the forest. In the next instant Chingachgook and Uncas jumped out of their hiding places and chased after the Indian. Hawkeye fired his rifle, but missed, which was unusual for him.
[ 40 ] Duncan followed the three men in the hunt for Magua, but he didn’t get more than a hundred metres when he saw the three men returning.
[ 41 ] “Why have you given up?” Duncan asked.
[ 42 ] “It would be stupid. All he would have done is take us to the tomahawks of his comrades, then all of us would have been killed.”
[ 43 ] “What is to be done? Don’t leave us here for God’s sake!” Duncan cried.
[ 44 ] “I will take you to safety, but first you must promise two things.”
[ 45 ] “Name them.”
[ 46 ] “Firstly, you must be as quiet as mice in these sleeping woods. Secondly, you must never tell anyone of the place where you will be taken.”
[ 47 ] “I will do everything I can to keep this promise,” said Duncan, thankful that he had a new guide.
[ 48 ] “Then let
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