"Trust is as slippery as a basket of eels, sometimes. The point is, you two are what I have to work with, thin reeds though you may be."
   — Siuan Sanche to Egwene and Nynaeve

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Setting: White Tower

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Siuan ponders on who she can trust. Nynaeve says she doesn’t think they can trust Moiraine.  Siuan questions whether Nynaeve has enough experience in the world to really know who to trust. After metaphorically beating around the bush, the Amyrlin says they are all she has to work with, and does not believe they are Black Ajah.  She does believe they can trust Moiraine, and thinks they know more than they think they do.  Siuan says she wishes she could raise Nynaeve to the shawl.  She says these two are the only ones she can be sure are not part of Liandrin’s group.  Since no one will believe the Amyrlin took under her wing someone whom she just humiliated publicly with these punishments, and she can trust them, they are to be her hounds.  Egwene and Nynaeve are to hunt the Black Ajah for the Amyrlin.  Elayne cannot be part of their group, since Siuan cannot get into any more hot water with Morgase.  Siuan says Verin will give them all the information she has.  The Amyrlin gives them papers that have written on them:  “what the bearer does is done by my authority. Obey, and keep silent, at my command. Signed the Amyrlin Seat”.  Egwene and Nynaeve leave, with reminders that they have to visit Sheriam and work in the kitchen.






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