Significance of eagles?


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Significance of eagles?

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Jul 31, 2010, 1:56 pm

Towards the end of A Civil Contract, our hero knows that Wellington has won when he sees a chaise with eagles sticking out the window. *How* does that tell him that Wellington has won?

The only thing I can think of is the association of eagles with Prussia, but that seems awfully subtle.

Jul 31, 2010, 6:18 pm

The eagles were the captured French standards (flags to you and me), which I believe were called eagles after the Roman legions' standards.

Ago 2, 2010, 2:17 am

Ah! Thank you: that makes more sense.