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by Christopher Paolini
Eragon Chapter 40 Summary How It All Goes Down
Du Sundavar Freohr Eragon wakes up in a cell with dried blood on his face. It's not his, though. Must be dried Urgal blood. Yuck. But that splitting headache is Eragon's. Still, he tries to use his magic, but his head is too fuzzy. He must've been drugged. His sword is gone, too. He eats some thin cabbage soup and goes back to sleep. What else can he do? The sound of marching soldiers wakes him up. They pass by his cell, dragging an unconscious woman. Hold the phone! That's the woman from his dream! And she's an elf! Behind the soldiers comes someone else. He's tall, with red hair—a Shade. I gotta get outta here, thinks Eragon. He sits down on his bed again, but then he passes out. (Seriously?!) When he wakes up again, he realizes that the drug he was given is wearing off. Eragon realizes that they're spiking his meals. From now on, he chucks the food and water out his cell window. His mind starts to clear up. Later on, the Shade shows up at his cell. He wants to know Eragon's name. Eragon pretends to be drugged, and mutters his name. Not that one, says that Shade. He wants Eragon's hidden name. Eragon doesn't even know that, so he makes something up: "Du Sundavar Freohr." It translates to "death of the shadows." In your face, Shady. Eragon wants to know what the Shade wants. To gloat, is the reply. Then the Shade tells him to think carefully about who he wants to serve. He promises Eragon that he'll return soon to continue their convo about names. After the Shade leaves, Eragon tries to remember some magic words, but his brain's not up for it just yet.
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