The Ransom of Red Chief

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  • Exposition
  • We should kidnap Ebenezer Dorset's son, and he will pay us a ransom of $2000!
  • Sam, that's a great idea!
  • Rising Action
  • Hey, little boy! Would you like to have a bag of candy and a nice ride?
  • Rising Action
  • Ha! Cursed paleface, do you dare to enter the camp of Red Chief, the terror of the plains?
  • okay, but don't take so long.
  • Bill, play with Red Chief while I mail the ransom letter.
  • Bill and Sam needed $2000 in order to pull off a town-lot scheme in Western Illinois. A kidnapping idea struck them, and decided to steal the richest man's son in Summit. Ebenezer Dorset will definitely pay the ransom of $2000 for the return of his son.
  • Climax
  • Old Hank, you are to be scalped at daybreak. Snake Eye, you are to be broiled at the stake at the rising of the sun.
  • Sam, what's $250 after all? We've got the money.
  • As Bill and Sam drive by Mr.Dorset's house, they see the kid throwing rocks at a kitten. The men try bribing the boy with candy in order to kidnap him;however, the boy threw a brick at Bill. Ebenzer's son put up a hard fight, but the men finally get the kid in the buggy.
  • Falling Action
  • Bill and Sam have become afraid of the boy, and want to get rid of him as soon as possible. Red Chief is having the time of his life and starts controlling the men. Bill and Sam write a ransom letter to Mr.Dorset demanding $1500 for the return of his son.
  • Resolution
  • Ebenezer replies to the letter saying, "I will only accept Red Chief if you pay me $250".
  • Okay, we'll take him home, pay the ransom, and make our get-away.
  • Bill and Sam pay Mr. Dorset the money and return Red Chief to his father at midnight.
  • No! I don't want to go home! I have no fun at home!
  • Bill and Sam run away from Summit towards the Canadian border hoping never to see Red Chief again.
  • We finally got rid of that pesky boy!
  • I hope we never see him ever again!
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