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|Setting: Ebou Dar, Tarasin Palace|
Point of view: Matrim Cauthon
Mat still has a hangover from drinking too much with Birgitte the night before. Now that he has agreed to move into the Tarasin Palace, he has to let his men know and get things started. Vanin will continue to watch Carridin's palace to see who comes and goes. Caira is upset about the women coming to visit Mat even though he didn't invite them. His rooms are luxurious and everything he could want except for them being just down the hall from Queen Tylin's rooms. Tylin enters and begins pursuing Mat around the room as he tries to back away and come up with an excuse to leave.
Thom and Juilin arrive, providing the excuse Mat is looking for to get away from Tylin. They explain to Mat how they found out the women are able to use the One Power to disguise themselves, which is how they avoided all the watchers he tried to use. Elayne and Nynaeve finally return and immediately set Mat to watching the house where the Kin live. Nothing happens the rest of the day so he returns to the Palace and finds a note indicating Tylin is having him for dinner. Instead he locks the door and goes to bed but is unable to sleep with wondering if Tylin won't find a way in anyway.
The next day he is asked to continue his watch while the women disguise themselves and watch Carridin. Birgitte joins him and Nalesean, but not much happens that day or the next. Mat arranges to have Olver moved into his rooms to keep Tylin out but finds out that she has ordered that Mat gets no food from the kitchen. When he wakes up on the morning of the Festival of Birds, the dice are spinning in his head again.
Men teach cats curiosity, but cats keep sense for themselves. -Saying in the Two Rivers