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Some people hear their own inner voices with great cleanness.
And they live by what they hear.
Such people become crazy, or they become legends ...
Tristan Ludlow was bom in the moon of the falling leaves.
lt was a terrible winter.
His mother almost died bringing him into this world.
His father, the Colonel, brought him to me.
l wrapped him in a bear skin and held him all that night.
As he grew into a man, l taught him the joy of the kill.
When the hunter cuts out its warm heart. -
- setting its spirit free.
Colonel Ludlow had three sons, but Tristan was his favourite.
l'd had sons, too ...
But they were gone now ... Forever.
lt was a very bad time.
The Colonel had tried to help the people.
But it was no use.
So he decided to go his own way.
He wanted to lose the madness over the mountains, he said.
Lose the madness, he said ...
And so we lived for many years, and the boys grew strong.
Alfred was the older brother, old even for his years.
Samuel was the youngest.
There was nothing these brothers would not do for him.
They watched over him like a treasure.
One year ... l am an old man, l cannot remember the year.
lt was the moon of the red grass.
lsabel Ludlow, their mother, went away for the winter.
She said the winters were too cruel for her.
She said she was afraid of the bears.
She was a strange woman, anyway.
That spring, though, she did not retum.
And after that. she did not come much to see us.
Alfred wrote her many letters, but Tristan refused to speak of her.
His world was here ... with me.
Every warrior hopes a good death will find him.
But Tristan couldn 't wait. He went looking for his.
- Was it a bear? - Yes, sir
Can you breathe? Take your hand away
You're a stupid, half-bred jackass
Did One Stab put you up to this?
You deserve to be dead God knows how you've lived so long
l have these letters.
They are from all of them. Ludlow ... lsabel ... Samuel.
The whole family. The whole story.
lt is all written here.
April th, .
Dear lsabel, l am not fool enough to try to alter a life already lived.
But l feel l have not done well raising our sons in this wild place.
What did l know of children? l was trained to lead men.
This is infinitely harder.
Dear William, you take too much responsibility on yourself.
Our sons can find their own paths. They are willful, certainly, -
- but who are we to complain of willfulness.
l have news of Samuel. At a Harvard tea -
- he met Miss Susannah Finncannon.
l know it will surprise you greatly, but they are engaged.
This summer he will bring her to Montana to meet you all.
So behave yourself and be as charming as only you can be.
There he is
- How the hell are you? - Good, and you?
Samuel Good to see you, boy
Father, this is my fiancee Susannah
- Miss Finncannon - l'm pleased to meet you
And this is Alfred
- Here's your dog - lt's a horse
- That's a strange-looking animal - Finn is a champion
- An exotic dog, Miss Finncannon - Yes, Mr Ludlow
Call me Susannah
- He's just plain old Alfred - Shut up
- Where's Tristan? - He's off somewhere
He'll be here tonight, or I'll know the reason why
Miss Finncannon, please Did you have a good journey?
She is a lovely creature, William, -
- but she has a certain fragility after the loss of herparents.
At times l think she feels very alone in the world.
But she has found a new family now.
The German military is ready
The entire civilized world could be plunged into
The word ''civilized'' has no place in the affairs of this world
Our mother has told us of your sympathy for the social reformers
- You make it sound like a disease - No, l'm in agreement
Your mother told me of One Stab She said he was a great warrior
He has a bag of scalps somewhere to prove it, but don't worry, -
- he and father are devoted to each other now
- Can he speak English? - Stab? Speak English?
He wouldn't lower himself to speak English Would you, Stab?
But watch out, he understands it perfectly well
Hey, there's Tristan
- Don't they feed you up there? - Not much
- You smell - Miss me, did you?
- Still hungover? - Still drunk
lsn't she amazing?
So this is Tristan
And does he speak English?
Miss Finncannon, it's a pleasure to meet you
l hope you and ugly here find every happiness together
Don't mind my brother Your dog has more breeding than he has
- This is Mother's room - lt's lovely
lt's a pleasure to meet you, Pet
Argemonia albeflora, Langifolia ...
- Angelica arguta - Which one's that?
lt's this one
You must be lsabel Two
l've already met your mother and father
- How old are you? -
When l was l was sent away to boarding school
l hated it
May l help you?
- You're going to marry Samuel - That's right
l'm going to marry Tristan
Then we'll be sisters
- l see you two have met - lsabel Two is letting me help
- Rest now You must be exhausted - No, not at all
This is so refreshing All this grandeur
This unexpected gift from God
lt doesn't seem Like much of a gift four months into a hard winter
- Where's Samuel? - He's inside with your father
- You're very generous - No just happy
Stop mooning over Miss Finncannon Tell Samuel about the new calves
Excuse my father
lt makes him feel young and powerful to treat us like idiot children
For this and all his other blessings, may God's name be praised Amen
Tell Father what you were saying about Vienna
The Kaiser He won't stop them from annihilating Serbia
- No talk of war at the table - All England is mobilizing
- We're stuck out here - Thank God for that
- We're evading our duty - Are you?
Excuse me for being late l packed so carefully l couldn't find things
Dear lsabel, how strange to have a cultivated woman in the house again.
l have all my sons with me again.
lt fills me with such deep, quiet satisfaction that l thank God.
There's a friend of yours
l've got a dollar that says he brings her back
You guys look like a bunch of ice cream cones
Go easy on him, Susannah
- Alfred, you take over - You've disgraced our name
- Nice shiner - Yeah l hit her back
She's got me spinning
She's got these ideas and theories
- She's - What?
- How did you break the mare? - Oh no She's what?
She's sort of passionate
- Is she a virgin? - Good Lord! Of course she is
- Yes - Gonna wait till you get married?
Susannah thinks that
No We're not gonna wait
And you're afraid you won't meet her expectations
l guess l am Sort of l don't know
- Should l be? - God bless you
You are good at everything you try to do Fuck her
- We're talking about my fiancee - Why not fuck her?
l'm planning to be with her
- l recommend fucking - You're impossible
- Tristan's gone hunting - We're not here for Tristan
This is John T and James O'Banion, they own the new mercantile store
Good morning, Alfred
We're looking for a man who might be around here
Name of Tom Cullen l have a likeness here
- What did this fella do? - Do you recognize him?
- Yes - We've got him, James
This fella passed by here four years ago He did some work
He was on his way to San Francisco He hoped to sail for Australia
- Or was it Hong Kong? - l think it was Hong Kong
- What is he wanted for, Sheriff? - That would be of a private nature
A private nature? That's a public office you hold, isn't it, Sheriff?
''There came a low hiss, and Rikki Tikki Tavi jumped back''
''Then out of the grass rose the head and spread hood ''
''lt was Nag the big black cobra '' Don't you like this story?
The Germans broke through The British are trapped in Belgium
And this paper's a week old
- l speak German l'd be an officer - And lead boys to the slaughter
- Your men worshipped you - And they were damn fools!
This is a turning point in history
- Father, you taught us - l taught you to think clearly
- And to defend what's ours - Yes, what is ours !
Don't talk at me, boys, as if l've never seen a war!
Not a war like this, you haven't
They said that about the lndian wars
- That's how they sell newspapers - We're fighting naked aggression
There will be no more talk of wars in this house, damn it!
l'm sorry, Susannah
l'm going to Canada to enlist
l'm going with him
l'm sorry, my love
l know you'll understand lt's the only honourable thing to do
- What's that? - lt's a book my father wrote
He tried to alter the government's policies towards lndians
- Samuel won't change his mind - Change it for him
What happened between them?
Father says she never liked it here
l think they loved mostly the idea of each other
Please, don't let him go
l'll take care of him
October th, .
My dear lsabel, today our sons are leaving home -
- to defend an England they have never seen.
l am unable to stop them.
l have tried to shelter our sons from all the madness.
And now they go to seek it.
You don't have to go
Goodbye Don't worry, Father
Take care, now
- l'll get you the Kaiser's helmet - Just get yourself back
- Take care of Samuel - l will
Colonel Ludlow told me:
''Ride with them to Calgary. Bring back the horses. ''
''Damn fools, '' he called them. ''Damn fools. ''
The Colonel would not have his sons ride off to war on old nags.
Damn fools or not.
Come on, let's join them
Bring your plate
May we join you? Sit down We're feeling lonely in there
- What's her name? - Lady Tristan's Lady
- Tristan's lady was lsolde - You know the story, don't you?
You're in need of education
She can read and write School might be awkward for her
- l'll teach her myself - May l help?
Literature, history, mathematics
With your permission, Decker, and yours, Pet
What do you think?
- What good is her education? - She'll live a richer, fuller life
- She's a half-breed - Not in this house
- Tristan calls me a half-breed - Does he?
He says l'm half gopher and half hawk
After her chores, then
- To us all - To you, sir and miss
And to the boys
And the boys
- Get back to your unit - Those boys are boring
I'd rather have you watch my back
Here you are, mate
February rd, .
Dear Susannah, the horror of this place is indescribable.
Nothing is as l thought.
Tonight. as l prayed for the souls of those who 've died so terribly, -
- l also prayed forpersonal glory.
ls it wrong to want to distinguish myself in combat. as my father did?
Tristan and Alfred watch over me, so l may never get the opportunity.
- Are you hit? - lt's just a scratch
l see now not that my father was right. but that l was naive.
- Let me get up! - Stay down!
Our bodies are in God's keeping. We go into battle honourably.
Confident. His name on our lips.
- We're pinned here - We'll wait
Susannah, l try to guard against depair, -
- but at moments it seems all human decency has gone.
Alfred will recover from his wounds. He and Tristan have drifted apart.
l cannot understand it. l miss you more than you can imagine.
You're all that's clean and cool and pure.
l close my eyes and fix my thoughts on you.
l now regret that we agreed to wait to marry.
l regret that we were never together as we planned to be.
Please stay on at the ranch and wait for me.
Don 't let Father worry.
God will protect me, aided considerably by Tristan.
He seems to have come to France purely to nursemaid me.
Be well, my love. Your own Samuel.
- l have to translate this - Alfred will want to see you
l'll be there Go on and go
- Alfred - Where's Samuel?
He's translating He'll be here
- Vino? - Put that away
- You'll be getting a medal - Yes, they're sending me home
- l'm glad for you - An officer belongs with his men
- Horseshit! - Or what's left of them
MacKenzie's here His leg's turned bad He said
- What? - What is it?
Your brother volunteered to take his place on the reconnaissance
l told you to stay with him!
l told you to stay with him!
- Tristan! Tristan! - l'm here!
l can't see!
I can't move!
Samuel, l'm coming!
l've got you You're doing good
We're going home
God damn you, God!
Tristan, it's me
March th, .
Dear Father and Susannah.
l have been discharged, but l cannot come home yet.
l'lljoin Grandfather Ludlow in Comwall and go to sea.
As for our beloved Samuel, all l can send home is his heart.
Alfred will bring it back.
You know where he should be buried. Up in the box canyon.
Your son, Tristan.
He certainly was the best of all of us, wasn't he?
What you saw that night before Samuel left
- Please, don't - No, l want to
- lt was Samuel l loved. - All right
Tristan will be back someday
Your father will be pleased
Susannah was to retum to Boston on the moming train.
But a norther blew for three days, and snow drifted over the tracks.
The Colonel insisted she stay on until spring.
The house was too empty, he said.
This was still her home, he told her.
He should have let her go.
But how could he have known what would happen?
She was not to blame.
She was like the water that freezes in the rock and splits it apart.
lt was no more her fault than it is of the water -
- when the rock shatters.
You know how much l loved Samuel
And l think you know
Out of respect for him, l wanted to say it here l think you know
l'm in love with you
From the first moment l saw you Like in a novel
That's my mother's romantic imagination coming out in me
- You're not making this easy - Sorry
ls there any hope that you could learn to love me?
Not the way you loved Samuel, of course, but .
We could make a life together A happy life
l don't think so, Alfred
lt seems like you're not sure Maybe there's a chance
l think l can only cause you pain
Why don't you let me be the judge of that?
l didn't break it, but l can fix the wheel myself
Go take a nap
l'm going into town, if
Welcome home, son.
- l couldn't save him - Of course you couldn't
- l couldn't save him - lt's all right
Did you have a nice ride today?
Excuse me, Father
When are you planning to be married?
Damn you, Tristan You will marry her
- Make an honest woman of her? - Yes!
God damn you to hell
- l'll marry her, if she'll have me - lf she'll have you?
Do you love her?
Or did you seduce her just to spite me?
- What about Samuel? - Samuel?
- You tell me - We all loved him, but he's dead
How convenient that is for you
Because you love her, l will forgive you for that Once!
You say that again and we're not brothers
- You know you can't make her happy - l'm gonna try
You will fail
l'm going to be leaving today
l do wish you both all the best
Goodbye, son Good luck
September th, .
Dear Mother, l think l may have found my place in this world.
Helena is a city tumed modem ovemight.
lt's bursting with the energy and vitality of our times.
l feel alive here.
There is much opportunity for anyone willing to work.
Already l have a reputation for honesty and fair dealing.
And some of Helena's most influential citizens are my friends.
They are determined to see this city grow, as am l.
Mother, thank you foryour letter. You knew my hopes.
You understand my disappointment. That is a great comfort to me.
Every night l pray for the grace to forgive Tristan.
l know you understand. Your loving son Alfred.
lf we have a boy, l'd like to call him Samuel
And if it's a girl, lsabel
l'll still love you
And you'll tolerate me because of how much l love you
l heard from your mother
Alfred has hooked up with the O'Banion brothers
He's doing well
- Alfred will always do well - Except when he's here with us
That's my fault l couldn't bring Samuel home alive, either.
Don't you dare say that! That was in God's hands
Colonel, we found a dead calf lt might be a grizzly
- You take him, Tristan - You're damn right l will
l don 't know why Tristan didn 't kill that damn old bear.
They say when a man and an animal have spilled each other's blood, -
- they become one.
- l said four beers, Mr Sachtleben - And l said no lndians
He's quite civilized, l assure you
Give him a beer My father said four, didn't he?
- We'd reached an understanding - Give him a beer!
Stay out of it!
You're a fool spoiling for a fight with a man that outweighs you
He's sure to have weapon at hand Right, Mr Sachtleben?
He'd split your stupid skull and kill you stone-dead!
l want four beers Now!
The owner doesn't want to serve any lndians
You see this man? Do you? His name is One Stab
He's an elder of the Cree nation and a warrior
He's our friend and he's thirsty
l think it was the bear's voice he heard deep inside him.
Growling low of dark, secret places.
Were you going to say goodbye?
How long will you be gone?
Not long A few months
- l can make it better for you - No
lf we'd had a child
or if l were pregnant, would you still be going?
- Just give me a chance - Don't do that
Look at me
Please, look at me
l'll wait for you
However long it takes
l'll wait for you forever
- Will he come back? - l don't know
Stab says yes
April th, . Dear Tristan ...
lt has been months now and still no word.
l know you're alive. We had a tattered parcel from New Guinea.
lt was covered with strange writing. lnside was a native bracelet.
Meant for me, l presume ... Perhaps not.
Do you still care to know what is happening here?
Cattle prices continue to fall. The winter seems never - ending.
Why don 't you write?
Are you never coming back, and afraid to tell me?
Alfred continues to do well.
His business has expanded to Chicago and Washington.
He wants to send lsabel Two to school, but she won 't leave.
l think she, too, is waiting foryou.
l have nowhere to send this letter.
And l have no reason to believe you wish to receive it.
l write it only for myself.
l'll hide it away with all the other things left undone between us.
December th, .
l have become a hunter.
Tell Stab there are creatures here that cannot even be found in books.
And l have killed them all.
Susannah, all we had is dead ...
... as l am dead.
Colonel, it looks like we've got compnay
Father, l have come to ask for your blessing
- You see, these gentlemen - And a great many others
- They want me to run for office - What sort of office?
- The United States Congress - We hold your son in high regard
And what do you gentlemen hope to get out of this?
What do you want for yourselves, should my son be elected?
l don't think these gentlemen
Do you think these men back you out of patriotism and admiration?
Father, l am no longer a child
- Congress - l worked for the government once
- The issues that we - lndians!
lndians were the issue in those days
There is nothing so grotesque as the meeting of a child with a bullet
We slaughtered entire villages
That was the government's resolution on that issue
And l doubt, since then, that they have gained in wisdom or humanity
My father, for whom l have the greatest respect, -
- says that the government has neither wisdom nor humanity
l therefore consider it my duty, as my father's son, -
- to bring both wisdom and humanity to the United States Congress
l thank you for your blessing, Father
Gentlemen, would you mind waiting for me in the cars?
Are you all right? What's wrong?
All we had is dead Marry another
l don't know what to say Tristan's always been wild
- You love him for that - Do l?
Yeah, l suppose l do
He does Iove you
Alfred! She's to be your brother's wife
- You better remind him of that - He's not here to defend himself
No, but l see you are here to defend him
Even though he's abandoned her and you!
And you know who else he abandoned
Don't you blame my son for Samuel's death!
Samuel was a soldier He was sent to his death by men in government
Parasites like you! Damn and blast you!
- And damn you, too! - Leave her out of this!
- Get out of my house - Because l aim to serve my country?
Or because, like you, l love a woman who doesn't love me?
- He used her and he deserted her - Alfred, don't
l loved her
l love her still
He stole her from me
He stole her from Samuel before the war!
God help me, l'll kill you
Here, read your darling Tristan's letter
you deserve to be happy
Late that night we found the Colonel on the floor.
He could not move.
His hair tumed white ovemight. He became an old man.
After that. Tristan sent no more letters.
After that. Tristan sent no more letters.
As the years passed by, we'd hear someone had seen him on a ship.
Sailing for some place that no white man had been before.
Stories came to us. Strange stories.
And then foryears there was nothing.
He was lost to us. That was all we knew.
But every year in the moon of the falling leaves -
- l would dream that the bear's voice inside him had grown silent
And that Tristan might again come to live in the world.
But then the winter would come ... and then another spring.
And still he stayed away.
What the hell is he doing now?
She's a mean old bitch, but she's yours
Hey, old man! Where's Father?
He had a stroke some years ago He can't talk now
He wants to celebrate
l'm happy, too
Father, this is for you
''Colonel William Ludlow, from his son Tristan''
l didn't know
Stab, these are boar's tusks, made by a Javanese warrior
He, too, was a great man
l have other things, too, for Mother and little lzzy and Susannah
What is it?
Alfred and Miss Susannah were married several years ago
Your brother's a congressman now
They have a big new place over in Helena
lt's as it should be
Cattle prices dropped after the war ended
The Colonel didn't care much He lost everything he had
We'll make it back On horses, or something else
We'll make it back
He says your brother voted for the Volstead Act
- Should we try bootlegging? - There's good money in it
- Screw the government! - Screw the government!
Forever turned out to be too long, Tristan
Here l don't want it
They told me that this was magic
That whoever wore it would be protected
Don't you want to see Alfred?
lt's probably better that l don't
Tell him hello and congratulations
He likes you
l want you to have him
l have something for you, too l brought it back
- lt's from lerapetra in - Crete
l know where it is Your father taught me European history
A little girl That's me, right?
Thank you, Tristan
lt was then that Tristan came into the quiet heart of his life.
The bear inside him was sleeping.
lt is hard to tell of happiness.
Time goes by and we feel safe too soon.
l heard the oddest news
Tristan is back
Yes, l know
You know? How do you know?
l saw him
You mean he came here just to see you?
No He wanted to see you, but he thought you'd get upset
l think he might be right
What did he What did he say?
He said to say hello and congratulations
He told you the news, did he?
Well, what do you think?
Come on, it's perfectly absurd
Marrying lsabel Two
She's practically our sister
- She can't be more than -
What the hell is Decker thinking of to allow this?
Perhaps he's thinking of his daughter's happiness
Happiness? With Tristan?
You of all people should know that's impossible
l'm not lsabel Two
June nd, . Dear Tristan.
l was so pleased to hear ofyour coming marriage.
Your father must be very happy. lsabel Two is a daughter to him.
Being named afteryour mother, -
- it seems as though it was always meant to be.
Samuel Decker Ludlow
Dearest Tristan ...
We were delighted to hear ofyour son 's birth.
We had hoped for a child of our own, but of that l despair.
Alfred thinks ofyou often. l hope we shall all meet one day.
Your son bears a proud name. l know he will live up to it.
Give my love to lsabel Two and to your father.
Yours always, Susannah.
Yours always, Susannah.
- We have to talk about things - By all means
As you know, we handle the liquor around here
You've been what we call a small-time operator
But lately, your shipments have been getting a little fat
And my patience is getting thin The next time you get in our way
will be the last time
Perhaps you're wondering why you're not dead already
Your brother is Congressman Ludlow, and that's it
Kenneth . Thomas
- Who's this young man? - Samuel
Hello, lzzy Let me see
- Samuel? - Hello Who is this lady?
l'm your Aunt Susannah
l used to know your Uncle Samuel, who died in the war
- l think you look like him - That's what Grandpa says
- He was very brave and very good - Grandpa says that, too
Soon l can have Uncle Samuel's gun Will you can come and see it?
l'd love to sometime
- He's a fine boy, Tristan - He is
How's Father? ls he well?
As well as can be expected
Pardon the intrusion
- We're ready for your speech - l'll be there in a minute
- We'll meet again soon - l'd like that
Go and get Tynert
l think you missed a bump, Stab
We have information that you might be transporting illegal goods
- l have some whiskey for my father - You have to give it up
He'll be disappointed.
Hold him down
- Let's get out of here - We may as well open his pocket
My brother told you to stay out of our way
Pick him up and put him in the car
l don't want to see him
l'm sorry l'm so very sorry
Father won't see me, even now?
He blames the government for lsabel's
There's something we have to talk about
The officer you beat, he almost died
but they say that you're gonna have to serve days
And the one who shot off his gun?
He was reprimanded
- And the O'Banions? - Nothing
You have to let it go, Tristan lt was a terrible, tragic accident
Listen to me You let this go now
You got in over your head
I'll need a minute
I'm so sorry
We all loved her
How are you?
We never get to see you
- l gave a speech the other day - You did?
My first public engagement
lt was on
It was on the responsibilities of women in
lt's good to see you
l still sometimes dream that l'm the mother of your children
l wanted her to die
Maybe l even wanted Samuel to die
You had nothing to do with Samuel's death
And you had nothing to do with lsabel's death
Go home to Alfred
Where were you?
Out for a walk l needed a walk
- What are you doing home? - You had a doctor's appointment
l called to remind you, but you weren't here
l feel very tired l'm going to bed
You have won her. l'm bringing her home. Alfred.
l foIlowed all the rules
Man's and God's
You followed none of them
And they all loved you more
Even my own wife
l'd like a moment alone with her, Tristan
When Samuel died
When Samuel died, l cursed God
Did l damn everybody around me, as well as myself?
You are not damned, Tristan
l won't allow that
You are not damned!
This is a gentleman's gun lt's smaller, but just as powerful
You can have one when you grow up
Samuel! Samuel, come here!
Run along Go to Pet
Get him in the house
He's a fine boy
You know we're not here to arrest you
Take me to the woods l don't want my boy to see
Let's get on with it
- Colonel Ludlow! - What's going on here?
What's going on here?
You know they're gonna come after you for this
l want you to watch over my children
Watch over Samuel
Brother, it will be an honour
How much l wanted to take scalps, but it was not my kill.
That night we buried the bodies.
We dumped the car in a deep pool in the upper Missouri.
l remember when he was a boy.
l thought Tristan would never live to be an old man.
l was wrong about that. l was wrong about many things.
lt was those who loved him most who died young.
He was a rock they broke themselves against. -
- however much he tried to protect them.
But he had his honour and a long life, -
- and he saw his children grow and raise their own families.
Tristan died in in the moon of the popping trees.
He was last seen in the north country, hunting.
His grave is unmarked, but it does not matter.
He had always lived in the borderland, anyway.
Somewhere between this world and the other.
lt was a good death.