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Point of view: Matrim Cauthon
Mat is trying to enlist Thom's help in getting Elayne, Egwene and Nynaeve to see things the way he thinks they should be seen. After telling Mat a story, Thom concludes that he may not know the whole story needed to make a decision. Also, Elayne and Nynaeve are off to Ebou Dar in a couple of days, with Thom and Juilin going along with them. Thom talks Mat in to helping the women with their plans instead of trying to make them go along with his.
Point of view: Elayne Trakand
Elayne starts looking for Aviendha but hears many rumors about Mat and the Aiel woman who can channel. Birgitte meets her and tells her two Aes Sedai, Vandene and Adeleas will be going to Ebou Dar with them. Elayne again tries to talk Birgitte into admitting to Egwene who she is. Birgitte says that she can't because the expectations people will have for what a Hero of the Horn can or should do is more than she can bare.
Elayne finds Aviendha and takes her away from the Aes Sedai. Aviendha wants to meet in Elayne's room and grabs a branch of wood to use as a switch. Once in the room Aviendha strips and presents Elayne with the switch and the knife, then admits to loving Rand and to sleeping with him. Elayne can choose, the knife or the switch and use them as she wishes. Elayne realizes that Aviendha is the third woman from Min's vision of three women that will love Rand.
- Laritha acqaintance of Thom's
- Basel Gill
- Pit of Doom
- Ebou Dar
- Aiel Waste
- Tovan conclave from Birgitte's memories
- Stone of Tear