My script for the page:
â€œI cannot relate the distressing care I hadÂ for my dear wife, who had lain-in but a fewÂ weeks before, and for my poor childrenâ€
Eunice (mother) clutches her children (including Eunice, daughter, 7), as Mohawk warriors menace them.
Warriors kill 2 children: a six-week old and four year old.
(â€œThe enemies who entered the houseâ€¦ â€¦.were so cruel and barbarous as to take â€¦ twoÂ of my children, and murder them.â€)
Long march begins, 80 captives and 250 Indians and French soldiers, through the snowy wilderness.Â Behind them, smoke rises from the burning houses of Deerfield.
JOHN: â€œWho can tell what sorrows pierced our souls, whenÂ we saw ourselves carried away from Godâ€™sÂ sanctuary, to go into a strange land, exposedÂ to so many trials ?
One challenge was drawing the panel where the invaders grab an infant from Eunice’s mother. Â At first I tried it as a full tableau:
Then I decided the action would be clearer and more dramatic closer up:
But as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m pushing toward a more stylized treatment of the characters. Â I think that will be more expressive, and more fun to draw. Iâ€™m particularly happy with how this worked in panels 1, 3 and 5. Here’s the rough version of the whole page:
As you can see, I condensed the killing of two Williams children into one — for space considerations, but also because the opening of this story is violent enough! Â The final version of the page (unless I change it more later):
T hanks for looking!