"It doesn't seem to make any odds whether I get an arrow in me trying to deliver that letter or a knife in my back waiting. It's six up, and a half dozen down. Just you have that meal waiting, Thom."
   — Mat Cauthon

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Setting: Caemlyn

Point of view: Matrim Cauthon

Mat wants to deliver the letter from Elayne right away but Thom says they should find a meal and a bed first. Mat thinks he is out of the “game Moiraine is playing”.  Mat tell Thom to go on to the Queen's Blessing and he will go on to the palace.  Mat tries to explain his errand to the gate officer but he interrupts Mat and won't let him finish his explanation. The guard says he will take no word to the Queen from Tar Valon.  When Mat continues to try to explain, the guard says to sieze Mat for a darkfriend.  Mat rides away, and barely escapes the guards. 

He doesn’t know why the palace is so against Tar Valon now, they’ve weren't before.  Mat goes to the Queen’s Blessing, seeking out Thom and Basel Gill.  Basel and Thom are playing stones.  Basel says Gaebril has replaced half the guards in Caemlyn with those of his own. Mat decides to return to the palace, but to use the route Rand took when he watched Logain enter the city. For luck, Mat rolls the dice and gets five single pips, the Dark One's Eyes.  





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