JAMES FENIMORE COOPER - The Last of the Mohicans Retold by John Escott
8 The Medicine Man.

In the evening, the five men arrived at the north end
of Lake Horican. They got out of the canoe and Uncas
and Chingachgook carried it. They put it under some
trees.
'We have lost the trail,' said Duncan. 'Where shall
we go?'
'My Mohican friends know the path to the Hurons'
village,' said Hawk-eye. 'It is north of this place. That is
where Magua is going. We will go north too.'
For two days, the men followed the path. They walked
many miles. They arrived at the Hurons' village on the
second day. It was early evening. There were about a
hundred houses by a small lake.
Hawk-eye spoke to Chingachgook and Uncas. Then
he spoke to Duncan and Munro.
'General Munro, stay with Chingachgook,' said
Hawk-eye. 'Stay in the forest. Duncan and I will go
into the village. Uncas, go up the hill to the west.
Watch the village. Come back quickly. Tell us about
the guards.'
An hour passed. The four men waited. Uncas did
not come back.
Suddenly Duncan spoke. 'I have a plan,' he said.
'Hawk-eye, give me your coat. I must not wear my red
soldier's coat in the village. I will be a medicine man -a
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French doctor. I will speak French. I will walk through
the village and go into the houses. The Hurons will
not hurt a medicine man. I will find Alice and Cora.'
It was a dangerous plan.
Duncan put on Hawk-eye's coat. Then he walked
into the Hurons' village. There was a large wooden
building in front of him. It was the meeting-house of
the Huron chiefs. Duncan went inside.
Some Huron chiefs were sitting together. They saw
Duncan come in. One of the chiefs walked forward.
His hair was grey and he was tall and strong. He spoke
to Duncan in the Huron language. But Duncan did not
understand.
'Do you speak French?' Duncan asked.
The Huron replied in French. 'Why are you here?'
he asked.
'I am a medicine man,' said Duncan. 'The King of
France sent me. Are any Hurons ill?'
Suddenly, there were loud cries from the forest. The
chiefs left the meeting-house. Duncan followed them.
More Hurons were coming into the village. There was
a prisoner in front of them. It was Uncas!