Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wheel of Time Reread: The Great Hunt part 6

The Great Hunt: chapters 30 - 36


Chapter 30: Daes Dae'mar
  • Strings:
    • "The Ogier crawled into the hall with his burden, and Rand started after him. Then he stopped, staring back at the connecting door to his room. The banner was still in there. The banner of the Dragon. Let it burn, he thought, and an answering thought came as if he had heard Moiraine say it. Your life may depend on it. She's still trying to use me. Your life may depend on it. Aes Sedai never lie."
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "You cannot carry Hurin and the chest both, Rand." The Ogier shrugged. "Besides, I won't leave my books to burn."
Chapter 31: On the Scent
  • Verin:
    • "Rand did not know Verin was there until the Aes Sedai took his face in her hands. For a moment he could see worry in her face, perhaps even fear, and then suddenly he felt as if he had been doused with cold water, not the wet but the tingle."
    • "There are Darkfriends among the high as well as the low...The mighty give their souls to the Shadow as often as the weak."
    • "People see what they expect to see. Beyond that, look them in the eye and speak firmly. The way you have been talking to me...It doesn't matter what you say. They will attribute anything out of place to your being an outlander. It will also help if you remember the way you behaved before the Amyrlin. If you are that arrogant, they will believe you are a lord if you wear rags."
  • Rand and Perrin:
    • Rand glanced at Perrin--He's a sniffer?--and found Perrin studying him in return. He thought Perrin muttered something. Shadowkiller? I must have heard him wrong. Perrin's yellow gaze held him for a moment, seeming to hold secrets about him. Telling himself he was having fancies--I'm not mad. Not yet.--he pulled his eyes away."
    • "Rand is the Shadowkiller. Light, what's happening to all of us? His hands tightened into fists, large and square. These hands were meant for a smith's hammer, not an axe."
      • First time Perrin hints at the axe vs hammer that plagues his thoughts for books.
    • "Shawdowkiller. We're all of us changing."
    • "He was not the old Rand--he seemed to have grown into that fancy coat; it looked right on him, now--but he was still the boy Perrin had grown up with. Shadowkiller. A man the wolves hold in awe. A man who can channel."
    • "There was a dignity to him that Perrin did not remember; Rand was looking at the Aes Sedai and the Shienaran lord as equals."
  • Choedan Kal:
    • "A sa'angreal...One of a pair, the two largest ever made, that we know of. And an odd pair, as well. One, still buried on Tremalking, can only be used by a woman. This one can only be used by a man. They were made during the War of the Powers, to be a weapon, but if there is anything to be thankful for in the end of that Age or the Breaking of the World, it is that the end came before they could be used. Together, they might well be powerful enough to Break the World again, perhaps even worse than the first Breaking."
    • "I can think of a few women strong enough to survive the flow through the one on Tremalking. The Amyrlin, of course. Moiraine, and Elaida. Perhaps one or two others. And three still in training."
    • "As far as Logain, it would have taken all his strength simply to keep from being burned to a cinder, with nothing left for doing anything."
      • How does Verin know Logain's strength?...at least she thinks she knows his strength, I'm pretty sure that she is grosly underestimating him here.
  • Favorite Lines
    • "I didn't know it was found, so it isn't as if I had lost it again. It is just still lost."-Mat
      • There are times when dagger infected Mat isn't paranoid or a jerk.
Chapter 32: Dangerous Words
  • Daes Dae'mar
    • "You play very well at being a lord...But remember this. Cairhienin may play Daes Dae'mar, but it was the White Tower made the Great Game in the first place. Watch yourself, boy."-Thom
  • Barthanes and Rand
    • "I'm less than a year old." Rand said automatically, and immediately wished he had it back. It sounded foolish, to his ear, but Verin had said act as he had with the Amyrlin Seat, and that was the answer Lan had given him. A Borderman considered the day he was given his sword to be his nameday."
      • "So. An Andorman, and yet Borderland-trained. Or is it Warder-trained?" Barthanes's eyes narrowed, studying Rand. "I understand Morgase has only one son. Named Gawyn, I have heard. You must be much like him in age."
      • "I have met him," Rand said cautiously.
      • "Those eyes. That hair. I have heard the Andoran royal line has almost Aiel coloring in their hair and eyes."
      • Rand stumbled, though the floor was smooth marble. "I'm not Aiel, Lord Barthanes, and I'm not of the royal line either."
        • It's ironic that Barthanes is right about Rands genealogy.
  • Firsts:
    • Breane Taborwin
      • "Breane Taborwin alone would give you an education such as every man should have at least once in his life, if he can live through it."-Thom
      • Breane ends up with Lamgwin.
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "He settled into Cat Crosses the Courtyard. He knew no more arrogant way to walk than that."
      • I don't know why that makes me laugh but it does.
    • "Husbands always make trouble."-Breane
    • "Worried about their husbands. I like that, boy."-Thom
Chapter 33: A Message from the Dark
  • Daes Dae'mar
    • "They all pretend to be so proper, but...Lord Rand, every one of them says he's loyal to his master or mistress, but they all hint they're willing to sell what they know, or have heard."-Hurin
  • Mat
    • "The only thing I've senses is that somebody's watching me."-Mat
      • Who's watching them? or is this just dagger paranoia.
    • I believe that this chapter is the first time Rand thinks that Mat might betray him.
    • "The sickness takes an interesting course in him. His strength remains; he will keep that to the end, I think. But his body wastes away."-Verin
  • Rand:
    • "Saidin filled him. He felt as if his bones were vibrating  felt the red-hot, ice-cold flow of the One Power, felt truly alive as he never was without it, felt the oil-slick taint...No! And silently he screamed back at himself from beyond the emptiness, It's coming  for you! It'll kill all of us! He hurled it all at the black bulge, standing out a full span from the Waygate, now. He did not know what it was that he hurled, or how, but in the heart of that darkness bloomed a coruscating fountain of light."
    • "We'll never follow Fain through that." Rand touched Loial's arm. "Thank you. You did save us." You saved me, at least. It was killing me. Killing me, and it felt--wonderful."
  • The Message:
    • "He says he will wait for you on Toman Head. He has what you seek, and if you want it, you must follow. If you refuse to follow him, he says he will hound your blood, and your people, and those you love until you will face him."-Barthanes
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "Lord Ingtar had let himself be cornered by six or seven of those who call themselves ladies."-Hurin
    • "Hurin could not always smell a Darkfriend"
      • cough, Ingtar, cough.
    • "Rand, if you don't start being a little careful, you are going to get me in trouble."-Loial
    • "I am afraid I'm not a very good hero, Rand. I was so afraid I could hardly think."
      • "We were both afraid...we may be a poor pair of heroes, but we are what there is. It's a good thing Ingtar is with us."-Loial and Rand
        • I love these lines because a hero is a person who does something even when they're afraid.
        • It also makes me sad because I really like Ingtar.
    • "You see, I like you. I would like you even if you weren't ta'veren. Maybe I like you despite it. You do seem to get me neck-deep in hot water. In any case, I'm going with you."-Loial
Chapter 34: The Wheel Weaves
  • Thom:
    • "He was not sure his answers had been clever enough. His reflexes for the great Game were rusty."
    • "I'm only an old gleeman," he said from the door. And Rand al'Thor is only a shepherd, but we both do what we must. "Who could I possibly be dangerous to?"
      • Galldrian is so dead.
  • Fain/Mordeth:
    • "The Horn was a means to an end, but the dagger was a part of him."
    • "Fain decided how the man was going to die"
      • And he does kill him.
  • Horn of Valere:
    • "Do you know that whoever blows the Horn of Valere is linked to it thereafter? That so long as he or she lives, it is no more than a horn to any other?"-Turak
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "You men, always thinking with either your muscles or your hearts, and never your heads."-Zera
  • Firsts:
    • Barthanes--I don't think his death is ever commented on but it sounds like this is the first hint of the gholam.
    • Tuon:
      • "The Empress, of course, wishes that we contend with one another so that the strongest and most cunning will follow her, she currently favors her second daughter, and she would not look well on any threat to Tuon."-Turak
      • I think this is the first time Tuon is named.
Chapter 35: Stedding Tsofu
  • The Stedding:
    • "The sun stood high on the second day when Verin suddenly sat up straight in her saddle and looked around. Beside her, Ingtar gave a start."
    • "Rand could not see anything different about the forest now surrounding them...But as he followed them, he suddenly felt a chill pass through him, as though he had leaped into a Waterwood pond in winter. It flashed through him and was gone, leaving behind a feeling of refreshment  And there was a dull and distant sense of loss, too, though he could not imagine of what."
      • "Nervously, he sought the void, and it came. And the distant thought floated outside it that it was only the void. The glow of saidar was not there. The emptiness was more empty than he ever remembered, vaster, like a hunger great enough to consume him. A hunger for more; there was supposed to be something more."
  • Mat
    • "I'm sorry...I was just saying how big they are. I won't hurt your trees." Loial nodded, seeming mollified."
    • "Are you two crazy?" Mat demanded. His bow still slanted across his back. "I don't care if they are Aiel, they're women."
    • "And since you're the only Aiel we know...well, it could be you. Ingtar says Aiel never live outside the Waste, so you must be the only one."
    • "As they followed, Perrin murmured, "Sung wood, my left foot. Those Aiel are searching for He Who Comes With the Dawn."
      • "And Mat added dryly, "They're looking for you, Rand."
  • The Longing:
    • "It was during the Exile, while we wandered lost, that the Longing first came on us. The desire to know the stedding once more, to know homes again, one at a time. Many died of it...More died than lived. When we finally began to find the stedding again, one at a time in the years of the Covenant of the Ten Nations, it seemed we had defeated the Longing at last, but it had changed us, put seeds in us. Now, if an Ogier is Outside too long, the Longing comes again; he begins to weaken, and he dies it he does not return."-Loial
  • Relationships:
    • "I don't know how humans do it, but among Ogier....If a girl sees a boy she likes, she goes to her mother. Or sometimes the mother sees someone she thinks is suitable. in any case, if they agree, the girl's mother goes to the boy's mother, and the next thing the boy knows, his marriage is all arranged."-Loial
    • "I think we do it the same way."-Rand
    • "Stay and get married, or travel the Ways...Life is very interesting with ta'veren for friends."-Loial
  • Firsts:
    • Erith, daughter of Iva, daughter of Alar.
      • "Her voice sings."-Loial
      • "A little tall for my taste."-Mat

Chapter 36: Among the Elders
  • Verin:
    • Per Jordan detecting a soul does not require channeling.
    • "The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills, and the Pattern provides what is needful."
  • Loial
    • "We need him...we need him to go with us, and he wants to."-Rand
    • "Loial's a friend."-Perrin
    • "He doesn't get in the way, and he carries his own weight."-Mat
      • I really love how all three stand up for Loial here. It has to be hard to refuse one ta'veren, but three at once!
    • "He is my friend, Eldest."
      • "Your friend...He is young by our way of thinking. You are young, too, but ta'veren. You will look after him, and when the weaving is done, you will see that he comes safely home to Stedding Shangtai."
        • Reading this promise/oath this time around really makes me nervous for Loial during the Last Battle. I've never even thought Loial might not make it, but now the thought that he might die before he can write his book makes me very sad.
    • "Erith gave it to me." Loial watched the yellow petals spin. "She really is very pretty, even if Mat does not see it...She only gave me a flower. Just a flower." He took a book out of his pocket, though, and pressed the blossom under the front cover..."And she said I was handsome, too."-Loial
  • Rand:
    • "Then he realized there was a difference; the sense of something lost that he had felt since entering the stedding was gone. That gave him another sort of shill. Saidin was there again. Waiting."
  • It was fun to see Rand and co together again behaving like they did in the beginning; just friends smiling, laughing and messing around.
  • Portal Stones:
    • "I know none closer than the Aiel Waste."
      • How does Verin know there is a Portal Stone in the Waste?
      • How does she know how to USE a Portal Stone?
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "There was nothing along the Ways against which a sword would be any use, but it was something to convince themselves they were ready."

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