"Nynaeve badly needed to be snatched down a peg or six, and Elayne even more, but he was not about to stand by and listen to this woman talk Nynaeve down."
   — Mat Cauthon when confronted by Joline Maza and Teslyn Baradon

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Setting: Tarasin Palace in Ebou Dar

Point of view: Matrim Cauthon

Mat decides to visit Elayne and Nynaeve, so he goes to the front entrance of the Tarasin Palace. The dice are rolling in Mat's head. After a long trek through many corridors and stairways, being handed off to one servant after another, Mat is brought up short by Joline Maza and Teslyn Baradon. Adeleas Namelle, Sareitha Tomares, and Merilille Ceandevin arrive and start a tug-of-war with the White Tower Aes Sedai with Mat's coat as the rope. Laren returns to summon Mat to see Queen Tylin, which ends the Aes Sedai confrontation.

Mat gives a flowery greeting to Tylin without realizing that he is speaking the Old Tongue. Tylin allows him to compose a message which he seals with the signet ring he accidentally bought when he was following Shiaine Avarhin.[1]. He notices that it is a fox startling two birds into flight. He decides to tell the queen that Carridin, the Whitecloak emissary, is entertaining Darkfriends, which she accepts and then changes the subject.

Beslan enters and announces that he's won another duel, though he hadn't intended to kill the man. Tylin introduces him to Mat and suggests they become friends.








  1. A Crown of Swords, Chapter 14