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November, 1917 "Tales of Innocence"

[Depicted in Tales of Innocence, the 16th episode from the Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, produced by George Lucas - released in 1999 - it’s original edit is from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles; Episode: Northern Italy, June 1918 - released in 1993]

  • The following month Indiana is stationed in the mountains of Northern Italy on a mission to persuade Czech conscripts (soldiers by law;without choice) to defect to their other side. After meeting some soldiers in an abandoned tunnel, he meets a local girl in town named Giulietta, who he begins courting in between his assignments.

  • One day Indiana arrives to Giulietta’s home and presents her with a rose, when he meets her grandmother who proclaims that another man had just recently dropped off a bouquet of roses. Feeling defeated, Indiana sets out to drown out his sorrows at the bar, where he meets an ambulance driver who introduces himself as Ernest Hemingway. While explaining his feelings to his new friend, Hemingway explains to Indiana that love is like war, and he truly loves Giulietta then he should fight for her heart.

  • In the subsequent days, Indiana continues to aggressively court Giulietta while he carries out his mission, helping the defectors escape from German command.

  • Soon he’s invited to Giulietta’s birthday dinner, yet when he arrives her father is disappointed considering he had invited the other man. As Giulietta gets upset over the confusion, the doorbell rings and to Indiana’s surprise it’s his new friend Hemingway.

  • Enraged over each other's presence, Indiana & Hemingway try to outperform one another throughout the evening, culminating in an impromptu musical performance (Hemingway & Giulietta on the piano with Indiana on the soprano sax) of Gioachino Rossini’s William Tell Overture. As the men leave that evening they get into an argument followed by a declaration of war.

  • After a few acts of sabotage Indiana & Hemingway realize that their fighting isn’t winning over Giulietta, thus they decide to arrive at her home and ask her who she loves. To their surprise she was already engaged to another man named Alfredo.

  • On their way back to the barracks they argued in the midst of German bombing, leaving them both caught in the blast and both men seriously injured. At the hospital Ernie was awarded a medal for his bravery on behalf of assisting Italian soldiers to safety, while Indiana learns that he’s being reassigned to Rome.

  • Instead Indiana is sent back to Northern Africa where he joins the French Foreign Legion in Morocco, where he battles hostile Berber tribesmen while engaging in a short romance with author Edith Wharton.

  • Thus in this adventure has direct encounters with:

  • Ernest Hemingway - American novelist, short story writer, and journalist, who produced most of his works between the 1920’s-50’s (most notably The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom The Bell Tolls) and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Prior to his career as an author, he was indeed an ambulance driver for the Italian Front in WWI, until he was seriously wounded and returned home. He had four wives, survived two plane crashes, and lived primarily in Key West, Florida (1930s) and Cuba (1940s & 50s) until he decided on Idaho as is final resting place, when took his own life with a shotgun in 1961.

  • Edith Wharton - American novelist, short story writer, and designer, she was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927,’’28 & ‘’30.

  • Berbers - aka Amazighen - ethnic group indigenous to North Africa with a population of approximately 50 million.

  • During this time he’s also inspired by:

  • Gioachino Rossini - Italian opera composer and one of the most renowned public figures of his time, he composed thirty nine operas in his career including his final work Guillaume Tell based on the Swiss folk hero of the same name. Today the French opera is mostly remembered for it’s famous overture.

  • Locations in this adventure are as follows:

  • Northern Italy - most developed and productive area of the country, with a census of over 27 million.

  • North Africa - geographical region that includes Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. As Northeast Africa has always been home to the Egyptians, Northwest Africa has been inhabited by Berbers since the beginning of recorded history.

  • Morocco - officially known as Kingdom of Morocco - characterized by a rugged mountainous interior, large areas of desert, and lengthy coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. It’s capital is Rabat and largest city is Casablanca, along with Marrakesh and Tangier, and overall it’s population is over 33 million.


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