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October, 1916 "Demons of Deception" Cont.

[Depicted in Demons of Deception, the 9th 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: Paris, October 1916 - released in 1993]

  • The following month Indiana is on a two week leave from his unit, thus Indy & Remy head out to visit Paris to get their minds of the war. Remy’s plan is to head out to the best brothel in town, however, Indiana has to first meet up with a few friends of his father.

  • Amongst Henry’s friends Indiana gets invited to a reception for the Under-Secretary to the Minister of War, where he meets a gorgeous woman named Mata Hari, an exotic dancer of Dutch descent.

  • After their introduction they make plans for dinner and Indiana goes to meet Mata Hari at her hotel, where he finds a note stating that she had been delayed but hoped that he would wait for her inside her room. Indiana obliges yet as he waits he notices a suspicious man in the lobby.

  • Hari arrives the next morning and finds Indiana asleep on the couch, and for his patience she wakes him up and orders room service for breakfast. Afterwards they make love and enjoy a romantic afternoon discussing all that’s beautiful in the world, including the arts in which Hari explains her reasons for becoming a dancer, as she always wanted to create something that would evoke certain interests and feelings.

  • Indiana asks Mata Hari if she’d like to spend the evening with him, yet she reluctantly turns him down saying that she has another dinner party to attend, yet they make plans to meet afterwards. Indiana then instead meets up with Remy at a cafe, who is accompanied by two prostitutes, all of whom noticed that Indy was in love.

  • Later that evening Indiana goes to wait for Mata Hari in her hotel room as he did the night before, yet this time he looks around and finds photographs of the beautiful lady with numerous other men, along with gifts and jewels from all her other admirers.

  • When she finally returns at dawn Indiana gets upset and demands to know where she’d been all night, which Mata Hari finds unreasonable as they’d only known eachother for a matter of days. Nonetheless, she calms him down and once again they make love.

  • On a separate occasion, Mata Hari gives Indiana a special private dance and then leaves him to ‘run some errands,’ which provokes Indiana to follow her unaware that he’s also being followed himself. As Indiana watches Mata Hari from her bedroom window be intimate with another man, he slips, falls, and ultimately is apprehended by the suspicious man in the lobby, who just so happens to be the police.

  • At the police station, Indiana is investigated over his false identity that he put on his enlistment papers, and they probed him on whether or not he’s a spy. He is also questioned on his relationship with Mata Hari, whom the police warn Indiana to stay away from.

  • Indiana goes back to warn Mata Hari that the police may think she’s a spy, yet she comes off unconcerned due to the notion that she has friends in high places. Indiana argues with her and reconciles once more, before he leaves while she’s sleeping to return to his unit, never to see to the seductress ever again.

  • Thus during his second stint in Paris, Indiana has many close encounters with:

Mata Hari - real name Margaretha Zelle - a Dutch native who married an Army Captain (through an advertisement in the newspaper) in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) which enabled her to belong to the Dutch upper class. After a tumultuous marriage she lost custody of her children and moved to Paris, France, where she became famous for her work as an exotic dancer. After her career as a dancer she became a successful courtesan, resulting in numerous romantic relationships with men of great status across the globe. As WWI approached she was inevitably bribed by the Deuxième Bureau (French military intelligence) to seduce the German Crown Prince for confidential intel. In the process, however, she also accepted monetary bribes to share

French secrets with the Germans, thus leading her to be branded as a double agent. In July of 1917 she was accused by the French of espionage on behalf of Germany, and she was sentenced to death by firing squad. Historians would later admit that she was used as a scapegoat, as after many military defeats it made sense to conveniently place the blame on the exotic dancer, whom it was later revealed had no impact on any war developments whatsoever. Nonetheless it was said that she refused a blindfold and blew a kiss to the firing squad, forever engraving her legacy as the ultimate femme fatale.


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