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Dune - Deleted Scene - Shadout Mapes tests Jessica

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Published on Jan 3, 2011

The first part of this scene appears in the Extended Version, but is cut short, this segment completes the whole scene which features Lady Jessica (Francesca Annis) and Shadout Mapes (Linda Hunt).

See scene 92 of the Sixth Draft and Seventh Draft of Dune.
The full 6th & 7th draft scripts of Dune are available from www.duneinfo.com

Please note that the voice over (inner voices) parts of this scene are missing, and possibly never recorded.

92. INT. JESSICA'S CHAMBER - ARRAKEEN PALACE - DAY

...

Slowly Mapes reaches into her dress and brings out a sheathed knife.
She unsheathes it. MAPES
Do you know this my lady? JESSICA
(inner voice)
It could only be one thing....
(out loud)
It's a crysknife. MAPES
Say it not lightly...
(very slowly)
Do you know its meaning? JESSICA
(inner voice)
Here is why this Fremen has taken service
with me, to ask that one question. Delay is
as dangerous as the wrong answer. Shadout
is Chakobsa... knife, in Chakobsa is...
maker of death.
(out loud)
It's a maker...

Mapes SCREAMS with elation and grief. JESSICA (CONT'D)
(inner voice)
Maker?... Maker... Maker is the key word...
That was close...
(out loud)
Did you think that I, knowing the mysteries
of the Great Mother, would not know the
maker? MAPES
My lady, when one has lived with prophecy
for so long, the moment of revelation is a
shock.

Mapes sheathes the blade... slowly JESSICA
(inner voice)
There's more here... yes!
(out loud)
Mapes, you've sheathed that blade unblooded.

With a GASP Mapes drops the knife into Jessica's hands and opens her
blouse. MAPES
Take the water of my life!

Jessica withdraws the knife from the sheath and, with the blade,
scratches a line just above Mapes' right breast. MAPES (CONT'D)
You are ours.... You are the one.

Jessica's eyes stare ahead. She knows these words ring with truth.

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