The Song of Achilles: A Novel - Chapter 9-12 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 9-12 Summary

Chapter 9

Patroclus and Achilles learn much during their time with Chiron. From the basic chores of gathering and hunting for food to first-aid for people and animals, the boys expand their formerly narrow knowledge of the natural world. They learn how to prepare for winter, how to cut a hole in the ice for fishing, how to set broken bones. Thetis checks in from time to time, but after her first arrival, Patroclus learns to stay close to Chiron during her visits with her son.

Achilles asks Chiron to teach them how to fight, but when Chiron sees Achilles' skills, he admits there is nothing Chiron can teach him; Achilles is already the finest warrior of his generation. Chiron is willing to teach Patroclus, but he also points out that being a soldier will not be his greatest strength, and Patroclus...

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