When Merlin arrives in Vortigern's court six days later, he realizes
that Vortigern has changed, has diminished, because he clearly is a man
on the run, a cornered wolf who, being cornered, is even more dangerous,
nonetheless. If he ever gets his fortress built, even Ambrosius will be
hard-pressed to dig him out. His mother has come along with him on.........
Once again the title of this section of the novel is reinforced with
images of Vortigern as a cornered wolf. This chapter also finds Merlin
Niniane at first seems to have no care for revealing the name Vortigern
seeks and, in fact, indicates Merlin, too, should have no care since he
is a priest in Cornwall. Merlin knows from her smile that she will not
betray him and that she believes what she says will avert danger from
him. Niniane goes on to tell the king that she never saw Merlin's father
and that he...........
Merlin says he sees death in the eyes of the priests and the magicians
which is yet another bit of foreshadowing of the real reason why.........
New names in this chapter: Maugan, Vortigern's magician
Vortigern reveals to Merlin that he had him brought to him because of
his birth and that is how he will serve him. He goes on to tell him that
his priests and magicians have explained that the foundation walls must
be built on blood - literally on the blood of a man who never had a father.
So, since Merlin's father, according to Niniane, was a.........
It is ironic that Niniane's attempt to protect Merlin by lying about
who his father really is, because they don't want Merlin to have a father
as fulfillment of...........
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