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That was the stedding? That makes sense. I’d assumed it was taken by the whitecloaks and then given back because to keep it would be stealing.
 
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That was the stedding? That makes sense. I’d assumed it was taken by the whitecloaks and then given back because to keep it would be stealing.
You may be right, Toral Gaidin. I think the reason I thought that the stedding had blocked it is because I had assumed Moiraine could sense the coin regardless of where it was. But if there was something of the One Power in it, it might have seemed to just disappear once they crossed the border into the stedding, then reappear when they emerged.

Maybe her sensing the coins is contingent upon them being on their persons? But she didn't say quite the same thing when Mat and Rand parted with their coins; she said they no longer had them, but she would still be able to sense them (the boys), if I remember correctly. In this instance, Moiraine seemed shocked because the coin just seemed to vanish. Going back and reviewing, it seems like the timing could have worked for either instance, though it's difficult to say for sure.
 
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Chapter 39: Weaving of the Web

- Yes, please let Mat wallow with his dagger. There comes a point where you simply can't help someone anymore (cursed weaponry or no).
- How terrifying it must be to be a healer, only wanting to do good, and to have to lie low and not help anyone for fear of being marked a Darkfriend because of what you can do. It just makes me sad and angry.
- The mad "beggar" who's following them has to be Padan Fain.
- Rand picked a side and didn't even know it. Whoops. Probably for the best, though.
- Good grief, he must be really desperate to see if he's climbing and ripping up his hands to do it.
- Aaaand it bites him in the butt. Where'd you end up, Humpty Dumpty? :laugh:

Chapter 40: The Web Tightens

- Oooooh, Rand is inside the palace walls now, isn't he? Because of course he is :tongue
- Hello, Elayne! A character I've heard so much about already, but now I get to know for myself.
- Well, she's already coming off as capable and determined, if pushy. Like Nynaeve, but nicer.
- Here, Rand, have some more political entanglement that you weren't expecting. Elayne, Gawyn, and Galad (who must also be related to Moiraine somehow). It'll be interesting to see how exactly they're all woven together (though I already know how Elayne and Rand end up).
- I don't think I like Galad.
- Elayne's not afraid to throw her weight around at all, is she? :laugh:
- I don't think I like Elaida, either, just based on what Elayne said Elaida asked her. It's clear she's a skilled healer, keeping the palace verdant as she does.
- Good call bowing, Rand.
- Rand thinks Moiraine has some softness to her compared to Elaida? Yep, don't like her.
- I do, however, like Morgase. That she refuses to give in to the atmosphere pervading her city speaks volumes, I think. Not that it makes her perfect by any means.
 
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I think that the coin stopped being felt because of the stedding. I don’t think the feeling would have left because the coin was given to someone else.
 

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Im going to have to check the timeline, but stedding really makes sense.
Whatever Moiriane did to it, I don’t think she did with other coins she gave out, such as to Ewin, as Rand and Mat seemed much more reluctant to hand theirs over than he did.
Which does raise the question - is the link just to the coin or to some combination of coin and boy? Would Moiraone still sense the coin if someone else had it?
 

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Agreed that there is a coin/boy component to it. The other two paid theirs to Domon for passage downriver, at which point Moiraine couldn't sense them anymore, yeah? But the point about the Stedding is one I had not considered before. I'll have to look at that again now.
 
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Chapter 41: Old Friends and New Threats

- I love the image of big, intimidating Lamgwin just sitting there outside the inn, petting the cat and watching for faces to bust :giggle
- Hopefully Rand will realize at some point that family isn't necessarily about blood.
- Goooood. The whole inn standing against the Whitecloaks. It's about time!
- Huzzah! Back together again! :joy
- Well, well, well. Moiraine is a cat person, hm?
- Oh geez. Come on, Moiraine, get up to where Mat is!
- There we go.
- Oh. The Darkfriends were following the dagger like a beacon. No wonder they seemed to come out of nowhere.
- Perrin :cryCome on; don't go there.
- Oof. She needs to use the angreal on Mat. That is some potent shadow.
 

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When I read Eye of the World at 14, I really related to Perrin, because he was so reserved and kind of preferred to stay in a corner and do his own thing. While I found other favorites, he has a special place in my heart, especially because of that specific read. I'm glad you're liking the book so far. :pleased-1:
 

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As a cat person, I really enjoy how much people seem to honestly love cats in Randland. I imagine part of it is pragmatic: Cats hunt vermin that can both spread disease and spy for the Shadow, so culturally cats will be more loved than they traditionally have been in places and in ages that associate them with harm and evil. But also I love the images you describe above, as well as some others that haven't come up yet from later in the book.

As for poor Perrin, I have always felt like he was the most reluctant of the boys. He really did just want to stay home and have a quiet life, but that whole ta'veren thing just will not let him not have a big destiny, and sometimes big destinies mean you get hurt and hurt others. :(
 

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I love one of the sentences from that chapter. Pulling it from memory, so it may not be 100% accurate, but the main point is there:

"One moment, Lan was at the door, the next he was at the bedside, sword in hand blocking Mat's hand with the dagger, as if he hadn't bothered with the intermediate space" I don't know why, it just makes me go :omg:haevery time and remind me why I love Lan :D
 
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Chapter 42: Remembrance of Dreams

- Oh, yes. Meet Loial, everyone! He makes everything better :D3
- I'm very curious to know just how long Ogier live now.
- Yay for Mat being better, but... wow. Moiraine couldn't completely free him even using the angreal? That's insidious stuff, Mashadar.
- Good grief, Egwene, could you not with the whole unfounded jealousy thing?
- Aaaand now the dreams come out. Along with the consequences of not telling Moiraine. Yeesh.
- Perrin says he thinks he's already found his protection from the dreams. It seems that would mean he's accepted the wolves, at least to an extent.
- Pretty sure you wouldn't be snapping at Moiraine about scaring the boys if you weren't scared yourself, Nynaeve.
- And now Loial is reluctant. Rand did try to warn him!
 
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Chapter 43: Decisions and Apparitions

- Loial's story of the Ways, how they were made, and why they went dark and became infested by Machin Shin is just so sad. They sound like they were incredible. I wonder if the male Aes Sedai knew the corruption would happen eventually, or if they believed that space between would stay safe since the Breaking couldn't affect it.
- I think the group's decision to go to the Eye is the first time I've felt that they truly took a step from who they were into who they will become.
- The one moment I think Egwene is actually going to be mature in her reaction to something Rand tells her, she turns around and gives the poor guy whiplash. Geez.
- At this point, I feel like Ba'alzamon is just monologuing to assert dominance :laugh: Though I guess that's just something any good villain has to do!
- Moiraine's healing of Rand's palm is the first time I've seen healing power depicted as cold. I wonder why RJ chose to do it that way.
 

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Chapter 43: Decisions and Apparitions
- Moiraine's healing of Rand's palm is the first time I've seen healing power depicted as cold. I wonder why RJ chose to do it that way.

I can actually answer this without spoiling anything. :laugh: It's because of the 3 of the Five Powers that are used: Air, Water, and Spirit. I always imagined Water and Air going into you would be chilly. :giggle (Roleplayer to the rescue! :laugh:)
 
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That makes a lot of sense! Thank you, Leala Sedai!
 

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Not a problem! :fistbump
 

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Ahh, the use of the particular Powers makes that make perfect sense, Leala Sedai! I've also imagined the feeling being very similar to a super intense feeling similar to ASMR, which one might describe as a chill of some sort.
 
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Chapter 44: Dark Along the Ways

- I'm trying to figure out if Perrin's resigned-ness has to do with just giving up trying to fight the pull of the Pattern, trauma from what Byar did to him, or both.
- I've hiked miles in the kind of darkness they're navigating before, where everything just looks like inky silhouettes and things loom all of a sudden. You don't know if the next step is going to break your ankle or not, but you just keep pressing on because you must. There's no other experience quite like it.
- Oooo, nice hidden exit!
- I'm with Loial. I hate that cities end up just covering right over and destroying what's beautiful and amazing in the world.
- I like how it's shown that time becomes a fuzzy thing in the Ways - everyone on the other side of the gate appearing to move slower.
- And then there's darkness so deep it almost seems tangible, like in the Ways. That just might make me panic, being in the midst of it.
 

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Yeah, the Ways sounds SUPER creepy, and I'm not sure the show did it justice, though they tried...
 
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I love this thread! You have an amazing way to write, just knitting in your own experiences, and some fun comments here and there lol..sometimes I just nod and remember, I thought or felt the exactly same way about it, other times you give a whole new way of looking at it (which I always appreciate, cause I like learning to be more open minded and see things from other perspectives). Is it allowed to hope you will continue this into the next book? :embarassed:mg
 
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