— Juilin to Elayne about using empty threats like salt and cooking oil when interrogating prisoners.
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Point of view: Elayne Trakand
After being drugged by Forkroot tea, Elayne and Nynaeve are carried to an upstairs bedroom in Ronde Macura's house. Ronde leaves to make arrangements to transport the girls to the White Tower, leaving a fearful Luci to watch over them. Luci does not give them the follow-up dose on time and they are able to start moving their fingers and limbs. Luci bursts in though and gives them more forkroot before they are able to stop her. They wake up again and are starting to move a bit when Thom enters the room with Luci. Despite orders, Juilin followed them to town, then Thom came later when none of them returned.
Juilin arrives in the room with Ronde Macura and the men help the girls walk off the forkroot effects. When questioned, Ronde says she has orders from the Amyrlin to capture or delay a girl that looks just like Elayne. She was going to send them off with Therin Lugay who will be given enough forkroot to keep them drugged. Ronde sent a message to the White Tower that she had captured Elayne before returning to the house.
Nynaeve gives a rare apology to Thom and Juilin for underestimating their ability to help when channeling isn't sufficient. Nynaeve and Elayne decide to disguise themselves by changing their dresses and hair color. They use dresses from the seamstress shop and acquire a carriage so they can travel as two ladies with their servants.
Point of view: Omni
Therin Lugay arrives to take Elayne and Nynaeve to Tar Valon but instead finds Ronde and Luci asleep upstairs. Pondering on his nagging wife and shrewish mother-in-law, he decides to use the money he was paid to see the world rather than returning home.
Ronde Macura wakes from the forkroot she was given and hurries to send another pigeon to Tar Valon saying she no longer has Elayne captive. She sends a similar note somewhere else to the west. The cote keeper, Avi Shendar, sends a copy of the message to somewhere else.
- Ronde Macura
- Luci seamstress assistant
- Avi Shendar pigeon keeper
- Therin Lugay Hauler
- Narenwin Barda
- Marillin Gemalphin
- Siuan Sanche
- Noy Torvald coach owner
- Widow Teran resident of Mardecin