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"The only way to put an end to it was to kiss her."
   — Perrin Aybara

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Setting: Sun Palace in Cairhien

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Point of view: Perrin Aybara

As the nobles continue to flee, Perrin joins Faile on the dais in the Grand Hall. She obliquely suggests to Dobraine to kill Colavaere. Dobraine rejects the idea. Perrin insists that Rand wouldn't want anything to happen to Colavaere. Faile is relieved when Perrin reassures her that Rand is on no Aes Sedai leash. They walk to their rooms and Perrin chases away Selande and her friends that attempt to follow them.[1] Faile is jealous, fearing Perrin might be taking an interest in Berelain. She makes a scene about him asking about Berelain. The First had spread rumors that she was keeping Perrin as a pet somewhere outside the city. Colavaere had taken delight in making Faile and Berelaine attend her together for the sole purpose of causing Faile discomfort. Perrin loses his temper and makes it clear to Faile in no uncertain terms that he loves only her and how afraid he has been for her. He is angry about her jealousy. His anger seems to sway Faile's mood from jealousy to affection, however…

Rand barges in unexpectedly and at first keeps talking about Berelain. As Perrin asks if there is anything else, he inquires whether Perrin will reconsider leading the Tairen army against Illian. Perrin says he's not cut out to be a general. He also refers to Min's viewings that "twice Perrin had to be there, or Rand would go down in disaster." Perrin thinks the first was the Battle of Dumai's Wells, but the second is still to come. Rand appears unconcerned about the risk. Perrin changes the subject to another of his concerns, the Aes Sedai, and demands that Rand not harm them, insisting that he will not allow something to happen to them. The threat angers Rand but the Dragon Reborn promises not to, "harm any Aes Sedai who don't deserve it." Rand ends the discussion with an abrupt declaration that he has something else for Perrin to do,[2] so he will only be able to rest for a few days. Alone again, Perrin and Faile carry on where they had been interrupted.

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  1. They are Cha Faile, now.
  2. He will send Perrin to Ghealdan to deal with the Prophet.