"Another young fool. Girls today have no more brains or discipline than goats."
   — Bair to Elayne and Egwene on unguided forays into tel'aran'rhiod
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Setting: Cairhien, Tel'aran'rhiod'

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene prepares for bed after a day's travelling. She reads a book Aviendha gave her about Birgitte, Gaidal Cain, and other Heroes of the Horn. She falls asleep and enters Tel'aran'rhiod early for the meeting with Nynaeve. She hears voices a bit away from her so she embraces the Source and creeps closer. She sees Elayne talking with an oddly dressed woman, who looks exactly like the Birgitte she was reading about. Before she can speak, Amys and Bair arrive early also and reprimand her for coming early or for not leaving when she found she was alone.

They approach Elayne and Bair begins to berate her for coming alone into Tel'aran'rhiod. Elayne gives a polite, but regal reply noting that she is not Bair's pupil. Nynaeve didn't come because she is bruised after Latelle attacked her for attracting the attention of the men from the menagerie, even though Nynaeve isn't interested in any of them. Egwene gives Elayne a message to meet in the Novice quarters which she hopes Elayne understood and the Wise Ones didn't. They exchange news, then leave for their beds.