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People or events that appear very briefly in life may have dramatic effects on the lives of people they touch upon Basketball coaches from the junior high school level often influence their athletes to take up playing basketball in their high school career Dying friends often compel people to conduct research and dedicate their lives to the study of medicine Galapas short stint with Merlin turns Merlins life around in the novel The Crystal Cave by Mary StewartFrom the beginning Galapas was an influential figure in young Merlins life Galapas is an old man with a mysterious past He possesses great knowledge of the arts sciences and magic Merlin first met him when he was wandering the countryside with his horse Aster Galapas soon becomes his teacher and mentor in spite of Merlins already having a conventional tutor In time he shares all of his knowledge and wisdom with Merlin He taught me practical things too how to gather herbs and dry them to keep how to use them for medicines poisons He made me study the beasts and birds and-with the dead deer-I learnt about the organs and bones of the body The map Galapas showed me was a copy from a book by Ptolemy of Alexandria The Crystal Cave Pgs 59-60 Galapas also helps Merlin to put the meanings of his periodic visions of the future and of events far away into action Go But if I go back theyll kill me or shut me up Wont they You can no more be hidden now than your merlin could go back into its egg The Crystal Cave Pg 100At the end of Merlins adventures with Ambrosius his father and Emperor he returns to the Crystal Cave to seek out Galapas Nearby the cave in a patch of grass Galapas bones are scattered about in the dirt Merlin lays his bones down
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