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I have several questions about the novel Black Robe by Brian Moore and its film adaptation. Why are the French in Quebec? What are they doing in the French village (which will become Quebec City) in the first few scenes? Do the various French individuals we meet in the story have similar or different—perhaps even conflicting—motivations?

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The historical novel Black Robe by Brian Moore was published in 1985, and made into a film in 1991, with a screenplay by Moore. It is set in Quebec in 1634 during the period known as the Beaver or Iroquois Wars. The novel and subsequent film reflect the interactions between the French and the First Nations tribes, showing how the economic effects of colonialism led to some of the bloodiest and most tragic conflicts in North American, doing irreparable...

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