The Eagle of the Ninth - Chapter 20 Valedictory Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 20 Valedictory Summary

Marcus and Esca return to Calleva in late October. By chance, the Legate of the Second Legion is visiting again, as well. Esca hesitates to join the men but finally agrees. The Legate is happy to hear the rumors about the Eagle's return confirmed. Marcus is disappointed when the Legate tells him the Ninth Legion is too disgraced to ever be reformed, even if the Eagle were returned to Rome. Marcus is satisfied to have salvaged the Legion's honor with the story of their last courageous battle against the tribesmen.

The Legate suggests that the Eagle be buried, and he, Marcus and Esca conceal it in a hidden chamber in Uncle Aquila's house. The Legate puts it away with these words: "Here lies the Eagle of the Ninth Legions, the Hispana. Many times it found honor in the wars, against foes abroad and rebellion at...

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