Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wheel of Time Reread: The Eye of the World Part 5

Eye of the World: chapters 41 - 48.

Chapter 41: Old Friends and New Threats
  • It's the dagger that kept drawing attention to Mat and Rand's locations.
  • Mat does some fever induced prophesying:
    • "Pretty Nynaeve...A Wisdom isn't suppose to think of herself as a woman, is she? Not a pretty woman. But you do, don't you? Now. You can't make yourself forget that you're a pretty woman, now and it frightens you. Everybody changes. Egwene...pretty as Nynaeve. And you share other things now, don't you? Other dreams. What do you dream about now?"
      • Egwene and dreams?!
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "If the Lord of the Grave has gained as much freedom to touch the Pattern as I fear, he can reach you dead more easily than alive, now. Dead, you can help no one, not the people who have helped you, not your friends and family back in the Two Rivers. The Shadow is falling over the world, and none of you can stop it dead."-Moiraine
Chapter 42: Remembrance of Dreams
  • Moiraine kind of heals Mat, but she can't separate him from the dagger by herself. And his memory problems have already started.
  • Second Warning:
    • "He said the Dark One intended to blind the Eye of the World, and slay the Great Serpent, kill time itself."--Given to the Ogier
  • Third Warning:
    • "Ba' the time I wondered where I'd heard that name before...the Eye of the World. Now I remember."-Perrin
    • "He said all sorts of things, but once he said the Eye of the World would never serve me."-Rand
  • Firsts:
    • Dreamwalking
      • "There has not been a Dreamwalker in Tar Valon for nearly a thousand years, but I could have tried."
      • Cough, cough...I'm not sure this is forewshadowing but hello Egwene becomes one.
    • Forsaken
      • Aginor; Lanfear; Balthamel; Demandred; Ishamael, the Betrayer of Hope
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "The Pattern presents a crisis, and at the same time a way to surmount it. If I did not know it was impossible, I could almost believe the Creator is taking a hand."
    • "There are limits to the Dark One's power inside you. Yield even for an instant and he will have a string tied to your heart, a string you may never be able to cut. Surrender, and you will be his. Deny him, and his power fails. It is not easy when he touched your dreams, but it can be done. He can still send Halfmen against you, and Trollocs, and Draghkar, andother things, but he cannot make you his unless you let him."-Moiraine
    • "The Father of Lies is a good name for the Dark One...It was always his way to seed the worm of doubt wherever he could It eats at men's minds like a canker. When you believe the Father of Lies, it is the first step towards surrender. Remember, if you surrender to the Dark One, he will amke you his."-Moiraine
      • This is also a good example of Aes Sedai answers. They are true and they seem to be a answer to you question, but they haven't.
    • "Fear cannot be allowed to affect our course."-Moiraine
Chapter 43: Decisions and Apparitions
  • Moiraine's pretty much tells them that they now have to go to the Eye of the World and that the One Power will be used--This of course freaks everyone out.
  • "The Blight. Shayol Ghul was somewhere in the Blight,beyond the Blasted Lands."
  • Rand can feel wrongness--evil wrongness like Lan and Moiraine
    • "He could feel the wrongness from the other bed, not from Mat, but from beneath his pillow."
  • Vanishing splinters.
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "You always do. In the beginning. This contest between us has taken place countless times before. Each time your face is different, and your name, but each time it is you."-Ba'alzamon
    • "You worm, you know nothing at all. As ignorant as a beetle under a rock, and as easily crushed. This struggle has gone on since the moment of creation. Always men think it a new war, but it is just the same war discovered anew. Only now change blows on the winds of time. Change. This time there will be no drifting back. Those Aes Sedai who think to stand you up against me. I will dress them in chains and send them running naked to do my bidding, or stuff their souls into the Pit of Doom to scream for eternity. All but those who already serve me. They will stand but a step beneath me. You can choose to stand with them, with the world groveling at your feet. I offer it one more time, one last time You can stand above them, above every power and dominion but mine. There have been times when you made that choice, times when you lived long enough to know your power."
Chapter 44: The Dark Along the Ways
  • Firsts:
    • Sheriam Sedai, of the Blue Ajah
      • Oh Sheriam...
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "I don't see why we can't have just one light...We don't go running about in the dark in the stedding. I'm an Ogier, not a cat."-Loial
    • "The Dark One...cannot be defeated without chancing risks. But we are alive at this moment, and before us is the hope of remaining alive. Do not surrender before you are beaten, Ogier."-Lan
Chapter 45: What Follows in Shadow
  • Min saw something about Thom and Moiraine! I really did not get this for a long time.
    • "She saw a great deal."--Hahaha!!
  • Trollocs are using the Ways.
  • "Something leaped from the end of the staff, like liquid light rendered to a syrup of fire, a blazing spear of white and red and yellow, streaking into the black, exploding, coruscating like shattered diamonds. The wind shrieked in agony; it screamed in rage."
    • Is the Baelfire that Moiraine uses in the Ways? Baelfire that became corrupted due to the taint in the Ways?
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "Even here, your destiny protects you. Not even the Dark One can change the Pattern completely."-Moiraine
    • "Never deal with an Aes Sedai except in a stedding."-Loial
    • "It was easier to bebrave, he discovered, when someone needed your protection."
Chapter 46: Fal Dara
  • I loved Egwene's deductive skills of course they haven't been gone long, look at the spring curtains.
  • Fain is the beggar--the Dark Ones hound.
  • Why did Moiraine go the Eye the first time?
  • Lan
    • "We're in the Border Lands." In his hard voice was a note that said home, almost."-Lan
    • "Will the Golden Crane fly again, Dai Shan?"
    • "The Seven Towers are broken...and Malkier is dead; the few of her people left, scattered across the face of the earth. I am a Warder, Agelmar, sworn to the Flame of Tar Valon, and I am bound into the Blight."-Lan
    • "Lan--no!--Dai Shan, for you are a Diademed Battle Lord of Malkier Whatever you say. Dai Shan, the Golden Crane banner in the van would put heart into men who know they are riding north to die The word will spread like wildfire, and though their kings have told them to hold where they are, lances will come from Arafel and Kandor, and even from Saldaea. Though they cannot come in time to stand with us in the Gap, they may save Shienar."
      • I love it when this actually happens!
  • Fain
    • "I am afraid he is more than a peddler, Lord Agelmar...Less than human, worse than vile, more dangerous than you can imagine. He can be bathed after I have spoken with him. I dare not waste a minute. Come, Lan."-Moiraine
  • Firsts:
    • Ingtar
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "If you men, can do what had to be done when you'd rather do almost anything else, why do you think I will do less?"-Nynaeve
    • "It was natural. That sort of struggle meant using the One Power, and that meant women. That sort of struggle means using the Power. He tucked his thumbs behind his sword belt and gripped the buckle hard to keep his hands from shaking."
      • Self realization at its best or at least the hint of self realization.
    • "We try not to dwell too much on what is gone The strongest heart will break under that strain."
      • "The rose petal floats on water...The kingfisher flashes above the pond. Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death."-Agelmar and Lan
    • "Poetry out of Lan? The man was like an onion; every time Rand thought he knew something about the Warder, he discovered another layer underneath."
Chapter 47: More Tales of the Wheel
  • This chapter might as well 
  • Lan, Dai Shan
    • "Lord of the Seven Towers...and ancient title, Lady Egwene.Not even the High Lords of Tear have older, though the Queen of Andor comes close...He will not speak of it, yet the story is well known along the Border He is a king, or should have been, al'Lan Mandragoran, Lord of the Seven Towers, Lord of the Lakes, crown less King of Malkieri...We of Shienar call ourselves Bordermen, but fewer than fifty years ago, Shienar was not truly of the Borderlands. North of us, and of Arafel, was Malkier. The Lances of Shienar rode north, but it was Malkier that held back the Blight. Malkier, Peace favor her memory, and the Light illumine her name."-Agelmar
      • Sone of my favorite scenes are the ones where the Borderlanders do rally to the Golden Crane.
    • "Al'Akir and his Queen, el'Leanna, had Lan brought to them in his cradle. Into his infant hands they placed the sword of Malkieri kings, the sword he wears today. A weapon made by Aes Sedai during the War of Power, the War of the Shadow that brought down the Age of Legends. They anointed his head with oil, naming him Dai Shan, a Diademed Battle Lord, and consecrated him as the next King of the Malkieri kings and queens...To stand against the Shadow so long as iron is hard stone abides. To defend the Malkieri while one drop of blood remains. To avenge what cannot be defended...The oath sworn over his cradle is graven in his mind. There is nothing left to defend, but he can avenge. He denies his titles, yet in the Borderland he is called the Uncrowned, and if ever he raised the Golden Crane of Malkier, an army would come to follow. But he will not lead men to their death as a suitor courts a maiden, but he will not lead others to it."
    • "El'Leanna placed a locket around her son's neck, for reemberance, and the infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes by the Queen's own hand, was given oer to twenty chosen from the King's Bodyguard, the best swordsmen, the most deadly fighters. Their command: to carry the child to Fal Moran...Only five of the Bodyguards reach Fal Mora alive, every man wounded, but they had the child unharmed. From the cradle they taught him all they knew. He learned weapons as other children learn toys, and the light as other children their mother's garden. The oath sworn over his cradle is graven in his mind. There is nothing left to defend, but he can avenge. He denies his itles, yet in the Borderlands he is called the Uncrowned, and if ever he raised the Golden Crane of Malkier, an army would come to follow. But he will not lead men to their deaths. In the Blight he courts death as a suitor courts a maiden, but he will not lead other to it."
  • "Breyan fled with her infant son Isam, and were run down by Trollocs as she rode south with him. No one knows their fate of a certainty, but it can be guessed. I can find pity only for the boy."-Agelmar
  • Jain "Noel" Charin Farstrider, the hero of the Malkieri, a world traveler and then he gets mixed up with the Shadow. In the last books we meet him again a man who cannot remember his past--the living consequences of what the Shadow does to a man.
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "What is done in dreams can be more dangerous than what is done awake."-Moiraine
    • "Battles have been lost for not knowing what the enemy intends."-Agelmar
    • "The old blood...split out like a river breaking into a thousand times a thousand strams, but sometimes streams join together to make a river again. The old blood of Manetheren is strong and pure in almost all these young men. Can you doubt the strength of Manetheren's blood, Lord Agelmar?"-Moiraine
Chapter 48: The Blight
  • I found it interesting that everyone is getting sick because of the smell of the Blight but Perrin.
    • "The big youth glared at the obscene forest through which they rode as he might have an enemy, or the banner of an enemy. He caressed the ax at his belt as if unaware of what he was doing, and muttered to himslef, half growling in a way that made the hair on Rand's neck stir. Even in full sunlight his eyes glowed golden and fierce."
    • Didn't Perrin's sense of smell increase with with Wolf Powers?
  • "Suravye ninto manshima taishite, Dai Shan. Peace favor you sword."-Ingtar
  • Rand feels the wrongness of the Blight
    • "He could feel it, too, though he could not say what it was exactly he was feeling. The wrongness went beyond the first warmth he could remember our of doors this year; it was more than the simple fact that it should not be so warm this far north. It must be the Blight, but the land was the same."
  • "I believe...that I can find something for you to do in Tar Valon. For all of you. Not herding sheep, perhaps, but something you will find interesting."
    • Ha! I'm sure.
  • If you haven't noticed I love Lan to death but he makes me so mad in this chapter, especially reading it this time--knowing that they do end up together. Nynaeve is a very proud woman and for he to be willing to say what she I get that Lan thought he was doing the right thing buts still it irks me.
    • "Lan looked back at her just as intently. It seemed to Rand that the Warder's face actually softened."I am not a king, Nynaeve. Just a man. A man without as much to his name as even the meanest farmer's croft."
    • Nynaeve's voice steadied. "Some women don't ask for land, or gold. Just the man."
    • "And the man who would ask her to accept so little would not be worth of her. You are a remarkable woman, as beautiful as the sunrise, as fierce as a warrior. You are a lioness, Wisdom."
    • "A Wisdom seldom weds." She paused to take a deep breath, as if steeling herself. "But if I go to Tar Valon, it may e that I will be something other than a Wisdom."
    • "Aes Sedai marry as seldom as Wisdoms. Few men can live with so much power in a wife, dimming them by her radiance whether she wishes to or not."
    • "Some men are strong enough. I know one such." If there could have been any doubt, her look left none as to whom she meant.
    • "All I have is a sword, and a war I cannot win, but can never stop fighting."
    • "I've told you I care noting for that. Light you've made me say more than is proper already. Will you shame me to the point of asking you?"
    • "I will never shame you." The gentle tone, like a caress, sounded odd to Rand's ears in the Warder's voice, but it made Nynaeve's eyes brighten. "I will hate the man you choose because he is not me, and love him if he makes you smile. No woman deserves the sure knowledge of widow's black as her brideprice, you least of all." He set the untouched cup on the ground and rose. "I must check the horses."
    • Nynaeve remained there kneeling, after he had gone.
    • Sleep of no, Rand closed his eyes. He did not think the Wisdom would like it if he watched her cry."

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