Merlin is taken to the top of the crag where he sees that the wall has
cracked for the fifth time. The workmen there are afraid, not of the king,
but of the force which they believe in, but don't understand. Maugan keeps
arguing for the immediate sacrifice, but Merlin is freed to fulfill what
he claims he can. He raises his arms to the sky in a kind of show for
the crowd so that they will not be immediately inclined to listen to Maugan.
At that exact moment, the sun goes in and stayed in and the dusk begins
to thicken. Then, Merlin finds the rock behind which he had ...........
The strong sense of secrecy and magic permeate this chapter. First,
the wall has fallen again and the workmen are more afraid of the unknown
When Merlin awakes, he is in one of Vortigern's best bedchambers with
Cadal beside him. Cadal had followed him all the way to Dinas Brenin and
when he arrived, everyone was proclaiming Merlin's name, calling him the
King's Prophet. Cadal learns from Berric, a soldier who first gave Merlin
a torch, that Merlin had prophesied the battle between the red dragon
of Ambrosius and.........
Once again, the power which has followed Merlin from the beginning is
there to protect him when he most needs it. The prophecy is a true one,
showing the victory of the Red Dragon, but it also proclaims the coming
of King Arthur, whom the onlookers believe is artos, the bear, sweeping
clean the battlefield. Yes, he will come out of ...........
New names in this chapter: Berric, a soldier who offered Merlin
a torch into the cave, and then tells Cadal everything that happened in
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