JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - The Last of the Mohicans Retold by John Escott
5 Fort William Henry.

Hawk-eye ran from the forest. Chingachgook and
Uncas followed him. There was a fight. Hawk-eye,
Uncas and Duncan killed four Hurons. Chingachgook
jumped on Magna. The Mohican stabbed Magua with
his knife. Magua fell to the ground.
Hawk-eye and Duncan went and helped the two
women. But Magua was not dead. He got up and ran
away. Chingachgook and Uncas ran after him.
'Stop!' shouted Hawk-eye. 'You cannot catch him.'
'Hawk-eye, how did you find us?' Duncan asked.
'We waited at the side of the river,' said Hawk-eye.
'We saw the Hurons take you across the river. Then
we followed you.'
'You saved my life,' said Duncan.
Hawk-eye smiled. 'I found a Huron's gun,' he said.
'The Hurons were stupid. They left their guns under
the trees.'
Hawk-eye went hack to the trees. He picked up the
other guns. He found his own long gun.
'Now we have guns and bullets,' he said. 'We will
stay here tonight. Tomorrow we will go to Fort
William Henry.'
Very early the next morning, Hawk-eye woke his
friends. He led them across the valley and along a path
through the forest. They stopped near a small river.
'We will walk in the water,' said Hawk-eye. 'Then
Magua will not see our footprints on the ground.'
They walked in the river for an hour. Then they
came to some mountains.
'Walk quietly now!' said Hawk-eye. 'There are
French soldiers here.'
They walked to the top of a mountain and looked
down. There was Lake Horican! And there was Fort
William Henry! Smoke came from fires in the forest.
'Look at the fires,' said Hawk-eye. There are many
Hurons in the forest. They are fighting for the French.'
'And look to the west,' said Duncan. 'Look at those
tents. That is General Montcalm's camp. There are
thousands of French soldiers.'
Suddenly they heard the sound of guns.
'The French are shooting at Fort William Henry,'
said Duncan. 'But we must get into the fort.'
'We are lucky,' said Hawk-eye. Thick fog is coming
along the valley. The fog will hide us from the French.
Follow me!'
Hawk-eye and the Mohicans started to walk down
the mountain. Duncan and the two sisters followed
them. At the bottom of the mountain, the fog was very
'Be careful!' said Hawk-eye. There are many French
soldiers along this path. Walk quietly!'
They followed him through the fog. Suddenly, they
heard voices.
'Who is there?' said a soldier in French.
Duncan replied in French. 'A friend of France!' he
'Who are you?' shouted the Frenchman.
But Duncan and his friends walked away quickly.
They went on through the fog. At last, they arrived at
the walls of the fort.
An English voice shouted from the top of the wall.
The French are here. Shoot! Shoot!'
'Father, Father!' Alice shouted. 'It is us! Save your
'Don't shoot, men!' said the voice of General Munro.
'My daughters are here! Open the gates!'
The gates opened. Soldiers came out of the fort.
They took everybody inside -- Duncan, the young
women, Hawk-eye and the Mohicans.
But everybody in Fort William Henry was in danger.