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Act 1, Scene 1

• In the throne room of a West Indies palace, Smithers interrogates an old woman about where the natives have gone.

• The old woman says that the natives have fled to the hills and when Emperor Jones enters, Smithers tells Jones that the natives have started an uprising.

• Emperor Jones describes his authority over Smithers and the natives, an authority he holds through the natives' superstition that he can only be killed with a silver bullet.

• Jones rings for the servants, and when no one comes, he gets scared and heads for the hills.

Act 1, Scene 2

• Jones reaches the edge of the forest, where he looks for food he hid under stones. He does not find the food.

• As he starts to panic, he hears the far-off sound of a tom-tom drum, beating insistently.

• Formless fears begin to squirm toward him and when he shoots at them...

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