The following quotations are important at various points in the story: (Source: A Reprint of William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1980/ First Eos trade paperback published 2003)

1. What mattered to me - I see it clearly now - was to be alone in the secret dark, where a man is his own master, except for death. (p. 18)

This quote, spoken by Merlin as narrator, reveals the solitude that Merlin both craved and feared through out his life............



.............20. ‘It will happen, Cadal, as my father wished and as God willed through me . . . He will be the sum of all our lives, and when he is grown he will come back and be crowned King at Winchester.' (p. 483)

This is Merlin's final promise to Cadal: he will not have died in vain for a great King has been conceived that night and his name will rank as the greatest of all the Kings of Britain.

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