The Eagle of the Ninth - Study Guide Chapter 12 The Whistler in the Dawn Summary & Analysis

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All summer Marcus and Esca crisscross the Province of Valentia, treating eyes as they go. In late summer, near Trinomontium, they see the charging boar of the Twentieth Legion carved into a block of stone at a deserted fortress. The next morning, they hear an eerie whistling. It is a marching song popular with the legions, and at first both men think they are hearing a ghost. Soon, however, they hear a man singing, "Oh when I joined the Eagles, (as it might be yesterday), I kissed a girl at Clusium, Before I marched away" in Latin. A man dressed as one of the Painted People, leading a shaggy pony, strides into view. The stranger stops short on seeing Marcus and Esca. He is unfriendly and doesn't even offer to share meat, although he has a freshly...

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