Monday, November 19, 2012

Wheel of Time Reread: The Great Hunt part 5

The Great Hunt: chapters 24 - 29

Chapter 24: New Friends and Old Enemies
  • The Tower
    • Numbers:
      • "There are only forty novices in the Tower. Only forty, and no more than seven or eight will become Accepted. That is not enough, Sheriam Sedai says/ She says there are not enough Aes Seai now to do what needs to be done. But the Tower will not...cannot...lower its standards.The Aes Sedai cannot take a woman as a sister if she does not have the ability, and the strength, and the desire. They can't give the ring and the shawl to one who cannot channel the Power well enough, or who will allow herself to be intimidated, or who will turn back when the roads turn rough. Training and testing take care of the channeling, and for strength and desire...Well, if you want to go they will let you. Once you know enough that you won't die of ignorance."-Elayne
    • Else Grinwell
      • "A lazy chit."-Elayne
    • Logain:
      • "There was nothing alarming about him, aside from the suddenness of his appearance. He was tall and handsome, short of middle years, with long, dark curling hair, but his shoulders sagged, and there was sadness in his eyes."
    • Min:
      • "She wore a man's tight breeches and baggy shirt, and with her dark hair cut short she could almost pass for a boy, though an uncommonly pretty one."
      • "She can read things about you from them, though I'm not sure she always tells the truth. She said I'd have to share my husband with two other women, and I'd never put up with that."-Elayne
        • But you will.
      • Elayne--The Rose Crown of Andor; A severed hand
      • "What does she want with him? Light, what does Moiraine want with him? What is he? Light, I don't want to fall in love with a man I've only met once, and a farmboy at that."
    • Galad:
      • "That one...will always do what is right. No matter who it hurts."-Min
      • "Galad has not the smallest part of humanity in him. He takes right above mercy, or pity, or...He is no mote human than a Trolloc."-Elayne
        • This is so uncalled for! I'll admit that I wasn't the biggest Galad fan until many books later but this--come on Elayne. I've never been a big Elayne fan and this is one of the reasons. Galad is her step brother. He's an orphan who lives with his step mother, Queen Morgase, who has plenty of reasons to hate his mother and his father. Knowing his situation is precarious it's no wonder that he is so robotic I-Do-Good-No-Matter-What. It's also a little funny that she falls head over heels in love with Rand, Galad's half-brother.
        • It mainly shows what a nasty snot Elayne is and unlike Egwene she has never met a real Trolloc.
  • Rand:
    • "Such a strange fellow. A shepherd, he said, though he never looked or acted like any shepherd I ever saw. Strange, I have met all sorts of people, and they've met Rand al'Thor. Some do not even know his name, but the description could not be anyone else, and he's shifted every one of their lives...Rand al'Thor. You could almost think he was ta'veren."-Gawyn
  • Firsts:
    • Pedra

Chapter 25: Cairhien
    • This was huge when I first read this because despite what Moiraine said I truly thought he was dead.
  • Thom/Moiraine
    • "Moiraine said I was still alive, did she? Is she with you, then?"-Thom
      • "Rand shook his head. To his surprise, Thom seemed disappointed."
    • "She's a fine woman, even if she is..."-Thom

Chapter 26: Discord
  • The Karaethon Cycle, The Dragon Prophecies:
    • "Twice and twice shall he be marked, Twice to live and twice to die. Once the heron, to set his path. Twice the heron, to name him true. Once the dragon, for remembrance lost. Twice the dragon, for the price he must pay."-Thom
      • Thom thinks it might be the heron's on Rands coat but Rand already has the first heron in branded into his palm. The first heron did set his path...kind of, he got while going after the horn on his way to Toman Head.
    • "Twice dawns the day when his blood is shed. Once for mourning, once for birth. Red on black, the Dragon's blood stains the rock of Shayol Ghul. In the Pit of Doom shall his blood free men from the Shadow."-Thom
    • "The Stone of Tear will never fall till Callandar is wielded by the Dragon Reborn, but the Sword That Cannot Be Touched lies in the Heart of the Stone, so how can he wield it first, eh?"-Thom
  • I heard that some people think Thom is super dense in this chapter but I always thought Thom, being the master daes dae'mar player that he is, was subtly letting Rand know that he knows what Rand can do, but that he is moving one and cannot come with him. It's also occurred to me that more than anything Thom wants to convince himself that Rand cannot channel and that he doesn't need his help anymore.
Chapter 27: The Shadow in the Night
  • Greatness:
    • "Great men make their own luck."-Selene
    • "You may not want greatness, but it will take a great man to do these things."-Selene
    • "Your greatness will make me happy...Perhaps I should leave you to find your own way for a time. If you'll  not take greatness when it is in your grasp, perhaps you deserve to die."-Selene
    • "When I think I know what you are going to do, you do something else. You are a dangerous man. Perhaps it will not be long before we are together again. Think of the Horn. Think of glory. And think of me, for you are always mine."-Selene
  • "Seek the Oneness, and be calm. One who would be great must always be calm."-Selene
  • "Sometimes...if you are very still, no one can see you at all."-Selene
  • Firsts:
    • Aludra
Chapter 28: A New Thread in the Pattern
  • Wolves:
    • "The wolves call him--or it--Shadowkiller; I think it was a man, but they wouldn't go close enough to see clearly. They are not afraid of this Shadowkiller; awe is more like it."-Perrin
      • Shadowkiller, yet another name for Rand.
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "Uno somhow managed to look offended without changing his expression."
  • Firsts:
    • Urien, an Aiel
      • "He was a tall man, with skin dark from the sun and red hair cut short except for a tail in the back that hung to his shoulders. From his soft, laced knee-high boots to the cloth wrapped loosely around his neck, his clothes were all in shades of brown and gray that would blend into rock or earth. The end of a short horn bow peeked over his shoulder, and a quiver bristled with arrows at his belt at one side a round hide buckler and three short spears, no more than half as long as he was tall, with points fully as long as those of the Shienaran lances."
      • Wise Ones can channel.
        • "No, Wise One. But you have the look of those who have made the journey to Rhuidean and survived. The years do not touch the Wise Ones in the same way as other owmen, or as the tough men."-Urien
        • "Rhuidean lies in the lands of the Jenn Aiel, the thirteenth clan. I cannot speak of them except to name them. None may go there save women who wish to become Wise Ones, or men who wish to be clan chiefs. Perhaps the Jenn Aiel choose among them; I do not know. Many go; few return, and those are marked as what they are--Wise Ones, or clan chief. No more can I say, Aes Sedai. No more."
        • "One of the old prophecies says that if ever we fail the Aes Sedai again, they will slay us."
      • "When the Trollocs come out of the Blight again, we will leave the Three-fold Land and take back our places of old."
      • "You call it the Waste...To us it is the Three-fold Land. A shaping stone, to make us; a testing ground, to prove our worth; and a punishment for the sin."
      • "How could I strike a woman who has not wedded the spear? It is forbidden except to save life, and then I would take wounds to avoid it."
      • He Who Comes With the Dawn
        • "I search for..someone. A man....He Who Comes With the Dawn. It is said there will be great signs and portents of his coming. I saw that you were from Shienar byt your escort's armor, and you had the look of a Wise One, so I thought you might have word of great events, the events that might herald him."
        • "It is said we well know them when we hear of them, as  we will know him when we see him when we see him, for he will be marked. He will come from the west, beyond the Spine of the World, but he be of our blood."
Chapter 29: Seanchan
  • Seanchan:
    • "He knew they called themselves the Seanchan, and Hailene. He had enough of the Old Tongue to know the latter meant Those Who Come Before, or the Forerunners. They also called themselves Rhyagelle, Those Who Come Home, and spoke of Corenne, the Return."-Bornhald
    • "When the people had been thoroughly cowed, when they had been made to kneel and swear, bewildered, to obey the Forerunners, await the Return, and serve Those Who Come Home with their lives, the Seanchan sailed away and usually never returned. Falme, it was said, was the only town they held fast."
    • "The helmet looked very much like some monstrous insect's head, with thin red plumes like feelers; the wearer seemed to be peering out through mandibles. It was painted and gilded to increase the effect, and the rest of the man's armor was also worked with paint and gold."
  • Whitecloaks:
    • "What Darkfriends? I have seen nothing in any village he has ordered taken except farmers and craftsmen worried that we will burn their livelihoods, and a few old women who tend the sick."-Bornhald
      • Could this be the first hint of the Kin?
  • Firsts:
    • Jaichim Carridin known to those in the know as Bors.
    • Egeanin, Captain of the Fearless.
      • "He was a woman. Her dark hair was cut short, and her face was hard, but there was no mistaking it. He had never heard of such a thing, except among the Aiel, and Aiel were well known to be crazed."
      • "Her eyes were blue, it was true, and her skin exceedingly fair, but he had seen both before. If this woman wore a dress, no one would look at her twice. He eye her and revised his opinion, that cold stare and those hard cheeks would make her remarked anywhere."
      • Domon and Egeanin meet and she slaps them, yep that's their relationship.
    • damane or Leashed Ones
      • "The two women dressed as women were coming up from the longboat, one drawing the other--Doman blinked--by a leash of silvery metal as she climbed aboard. The leash went from a bracelet worn by the first woman to a collar around the neck of the second."
      • "The collared woman wore plain dark gray and stood with her hands folded and her eyes on the planks under her feet. The other had red panels bearing forked, sliver lightning bolts on the breast of her blue dress and on the sides of her skirts, which ended short of the ankles of her boots."
      • "There are only the damane, Leashed Ones, and now they serve in truth, as well as name."-Egeanin
    • High Lord Turak
      • "The other wore a blue silk robe, brocaded with birds and long enough to trail nearly a span on the floor behind him. His head was shaved bald, and his fingernails were at least an inch long, those on the first two fingers of each hand were lacquered blue."
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "He had begun to have visions of armies of blue-eyes women with swords. Aes Sedai with swords, he thought, remembering the sea erupting."
    • "Domon took a deep breath and set about trying to lie his way out of Falme."

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