Conway is summoned by the High Lama one last time. The ancient Father is about to die, and he places the future of Shangri-La in Conway's hands: "You will preserve the fragrance of our history and add to it a touch of your own mind."
The torchlit funeral procession winds its way up from the Valley to the courtyard as all of Shangri-La comes to mourn the High Lama.
Conway watches the procession, gazing out at all that is now his, George bursts
in with news that porters are waiting to take them across the mountains, that
'escape' is at hand. George's friend Maria has arranged it all and wants to
make the journey with them. Conway strongly objects, telling George that Maria
cannot be taken away from the Valley - she was brought to Shangri-La in 1888
and would perish in the outside world.
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