"Lean back on your knife and let your tongue go free."
   —Altaran saying

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Setting: Ebou Dar, Tarasin Palace

Point of view: Nynaeve al'Meara

Nynaeve, Elayne, Birgitte, and Aviendha are in their rooms in the Tarasin Palace. The other Aes Sedai in the Palace do not accept that Elayne and Nynaeve are Aes Sedai. Adeleas and Vandene are supposedly looking for runaways from the Tower. Elayne and Nynaeve doubt that; they think Adeleas and Vandene are going to try to find the ter'angreal that can fix the weather.

A servant arrives and invites the three Aes Sedai for an audience, but only Elayne and Nynaeve go since Aviendha is not an Aes Sedai. After some frank discussion, they win Tylin over and have a more intimate discussion rather than an audience with a queen. They tell Tylin everything about their search for the bowl and get her promise to help if she can. They are introduced to her sole surviving son, Beslan, to whom she hopes to pass on her throne. Elayne believes they can wrap up their mission in ten days and get back to Egwene.










Lean back on your knife and let your tongue go free. -Saying in Ebou Dar meaning "Be at ease and speak your mind as you wish." According to Elayne, the only way to insult somebody who says that to you is to lie.