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—Matrim Cauthon on The Twisted redstone doorframe
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|Setting: Stone of Tear|
Elayne nervously tells Rand how she feels about him and he nervously does the same. She asks him to kiss her and it lasts a long time. She is determined not to let Berelain have him. She wonders if Min had a viewing about who Rand would choose. Rand apologizes again for scaring them. She asks if he is sorry about the pinch, but he refuses to apologize for that saying they deserved it. For being honest she soothes his pinch, about the most she can do with Healing. Gaul knocks on the door then enters announcing the High Lords. They enter and Elayne makes her departure. Seeing Rand among the High Lords she realizes that he has a commanding presence much like Gareth Bryne. She leaves thinking that she has four days left to question Amico and Joiya and four days left to make Rand hers and not Berelain's.
Point of view: Rand al'Thor
Setting: Rand's chambers in the Stone of Tear
Rand muses about Elayne while the High Lords of Tear talk. He likes both Elayne and Min and is confused about his feelings. Sunamon Haellin brings his attention back to the meeting while the other High Lords ignore the damage done to his chambers. Rand notes how Carleon and Tedosian never meet each others eye, confirming the suspicions from Thom's timely note. Rand orders them to lower taxes. Meilan immediately objects at the bad precedent.
—Meilan on Rand's decision to lower taxes.
"We have always dealt with Mayene from strength, my Lord Dragon. Never with bent knee."
—Tedosian & Meilan on Rand's proposal to sell grain to Illian with Mayener ships.
He quells further opposition with his temper and begins to bend the High Lords to do his bidding.
Egwene traverses the halls while thinking of Joiya and Amico when Mat appears suddenly. He seems uncharacteristically troubled as servants and High Lords pass them by. She asks him about the troubles from last night  and Mat laughs off the danger. She notes that she and Nynaeve have not seen him in a while. While Mat silently flirts with a servant at least ten years his senior, he claims that he's been busy playing cards, reminding her that the last time he saw them, they tied him up with the One Power and stole from him; aside from that, they are always with Elayne and Moiraine.
Finally, Mat tells her that he needs some advice about what comes next and the holes in his memory. She suggests Moiraine but Mat instantly refuses the help from an Aes Sedai. She finally tells him of the Ter'angreal, the Twisted redstone doorframe and the answers you can receive on the other side. He promises to not go into the ter'angreal unless his life depends on it, which was not what Egwene asked him to promise.
- Gareth Bryne
- Joiya Byir
- Amico Nagoyin
- Torean Andiama
- Siuan as Amyrlin
- Two Rivers
- Emond's Field
- Deven Ride
- Watch Hill
- The Treasures of the Stone of Tear
- Travels in the Aiel Waste, with Various Observations on the Savage Inhabitants
- Dealings with the Territory of Mayene, 500 to 700 of the New Era
- The Karaethon Cycle
- At least one edition has the wheel icon for this chapter.