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Given that this chapter begins as Daniel starts his return to the mountain after his failure to enlist Joel to support and work for Josh's rebel group of men, I would argue that the main event of this chapter is Daniel's confrontation with two Roman soldiers, and how his act of impertinence by splashing water into one of the soldiers' faces when asked to water their horses leads to Daniel being wounded. This then necessitates his return to Joel's house to receive aid and care to heal him, which of course gives him another opportunity to spend time with Joel and to talk to him about joining the rebel movement and it also gives him more time to spend with Malthace, which is of course an important relationship in the context of the novel overall.
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