Chapter 25 Summary
Even after Gamut leaves the cave, the bear remains, moving like an animal but acting strangely human. Every time that Heyward tries to proceed with the Indian ritual he is making up as he goes along, the bear makes such loud noises that Heyward must stop. Several times after the bear does this, the Huron people, who believe the conjuror is under the bear costume, decide that maybe the "spirit" (that made the woman sick) wants them to leave. So they go outside to wait, leaving Heyward alone with the dying woman and the bear.
Once the Huron people are outside of the cave, the bear moves as if in convulsion and slowly removes its head. To Heyward's surprise, he sees Hawkeye. Hawkeye explains that he stole the bear robe...
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