JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - The Last of the Mohicans Retold by John Escott
10 The Bear.

Magua looked at Duncan and Alice. He laughed and
went towards them. Suddenly the bear was in the
room. It quickly held Magua. Magua could not move.
He could not turn round.
Duncan ran to the Huron. He tied Magua's arms.
Then he tied Magua's feet. Magua started to speak, but
Duncan put a cloth into his mouth.
Hawk-eye took off the bear's head. 'We must go
quickly,' he said. 'Alice, you will wear a blanket. You
will be the sick Huron woman. Then you can leave the
Hurons' village.'
Hawk-eye put on the bear's head again. Alice put a
blanket over her head. Duncan carried Alice out of the
cave. And Hawk-eye followed Duncan.
The Huron chief was outside the cave.
'I am taking the sick woman away,' said Duncan. 'I
will bring her to your house tomorrow.'
Hawk-eye, Duncan and Alice left the village. Then
Hawk-eye led Duncan and Alice to a path.
'This path goes to a small river,' Hawk-eye said to
them. 'You will see a hill. The village of the Delawares
is near the hill. You will be safe with the Delawares.'
'What are you going to do?' asked Duncan.
'I must go back for Uncas,' said Hawk-eye.
It was dark in the village. The Hurons were in their
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houses. They were asleep. Hawk-eye was looking for
Uncas. The scout was wearing the bear's skin. He
looked in all the buildings. Then he saw two men
outside a house. They were guards. But they were
asleep. Hawk-eye quietly went inside the house.
Uncas was lying on the floor. His hands and feet
were tied with rope. Hawk-eye took off the bear's head.
Uncas smiled.
'Hawk-eye,' he said quietly.
Hawk-eye untied Uncas' hands and feet. Then he
took off the bear's skin. Uncas and Hawk-eye ran
quickly from the village.
'We shall go to the Delawares' village,' said
Hawk-eye.
'Yes!' said Uncas. 'The Delawares are the children of
my grandfather. They will help us.'
The next morning, the Hurons went to get Uncas.
They were going to kill him. They found the bear's
skin. But they did not find the Mohican.
Then they went to the cave. They found a dead
woman. But they did not find Alice.
They found Magua. His hands and feet were tied. A
cloth was in his mouth.
The Hurons untied Magua's hands and feet. They
took the cloth from his mouth.
Magua was angry. 'Kill the Mohican prisoner now!'
he shouted.
'He has gone,' said one of the chiefs.
Magua shouted with anger. And he ran out of the
cave.