Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wheel of Time Reread: The Shadow Rising part 10

The Shadow Rising: chapters 27 - 30

Chapter 27: Within the Ways
  • When you choose the fight, Bain had said, you must take the consequences, win or lose.--So true!
  • Gaul chuckled softly. "As well try to understand the sun, Perrin. It simply is, and it is not to be understood. You cannot live without it, but it exacts a price. So with women."
  • Suddenly his ear caught a muffled click of hooves from the darkness, and the fetid smell slammed home in his mind. "Trollocs!" he shouted.
    • Gaul pivoted smoothly to slide a spear into the black-mailed chest of a wolf-snouted Trolloc dashing into the light with scythelike sword upraised; in the same effortless motion the Aiel pulled his spearpoint free and sidestepped to let the huge shape fall.
    • Can we all take a moment to realize how awesome Gaul is here!
Chapter 28: To the Tower of Ghenjei
  • Manetheren:
    • "That was a long time ago, Gaul. We are farmers, shepherds; not a great nation, not great warriors."
      • Gaul smiled slightly. "If you say it. I have seen you dance the spears, and Rand al'Thor, and the one called Mat. But if you say it."
  • Gaul:
    • "To believe a thing is not to make it true."
    • "If you plan for the worst, all surprises are pleasant."
  • Wolf Dream:
    • Rand stood amid swirling stormwinds, laughing wildly, even madly, arms upraised, and on the winds rode small shapes, gold-and-scarlet, like the strange figure on the Dragon banner; hidden eyes watched Rand, and there was no telling whether he knew it.--Rand's Rhuidean visit when he's marked with the dragons.
    • Nynaeve and Elayne stalked cautiously through a demented landscape of twisted, shadowed buildings, hunting some dangerous beast. Perrin could not have said how he knew it was dangerous, but he did.--Tanchico
    • Mat, standing where a road forked ahead of him. He flipped a coin, started down one branch, and suddenly was wearing a wide-brimmed hat and walking with a staff bearing a short sword blade.--Deciding to go to Rhuidean. His hat and the ashandarei.
    • Egwene and women with long white hair were staring at him in surprise while behind them the White Tower crumbled stone by stone.--Egwene and Amys.
    • Hopper:
      • You chase Slayer, Young Bull. He is here in the flesh, and he can kill.--Welcome Slayer to the story.
      • Take care, Young Bull. The day of the Last Hunt draws near. We will run together in the Last Hunt.
      • May you know good hunting, Young Bull, and shes to give you many cubs.--HA!
  • Birgitte:
    • "A dangerous place, archer. The Tower of Ghenjei is a bad place for humankind."
    • Her golden hair in a thick braid to her waist, almost the way women wore it in the Two Rivers, but more intricately woven. Her clothes were oddly cut, a short white coat and voluminous trousers of some thin pale yellow material gathered at the ankles above short boots. Her dark cloak seemed to hide something that glinted silver at her side.
    • "No, archer." She laughed. "I only came to warn you, despite the prescripts. Once entered, the Tower of Ghenjei is hard enough to leave in the world of men. Here it is all but impossible. You have a bannerman's courage, which some say cannot be told from foolhardiness."
    • "The tower? It is a doorway, archer, to the realms of the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn." She said the names as if he should recognize them. When he looked at her blankly, she said, "Did you ever play the game called Snakes and Foxes?"
      • "All children do. At least, they do in the Two Rivers. But they give it up when they get old enough to realize there's no way to win."
      • "Except to break the rules," she said. "Courage to strengthen, fire to blind, music to daze, iron to bind."
      • "That's a line from the game. I don't understand. What does it have to do with the tower?"
      • "Those are the ways to win against the snakes and the foxes. The game is a remembrance of old dealings. It does not not matter so long as you stay away from the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn. They are not evil the way the Shadow is evil, yet they are so different from humankind they might as well be. They are not to be trusted, archer. Stay clear of the Tower of Ghenjei. Avoid the World of Dreams, if you can. Dark things walk."
    • I completely forgot that Birgitte and Perrin meet here and talk about the Snakes and Foxes.
Chapter 29: Homecoming
  • Gaul:
    • "You will not drive her off. That one is almost Far Dareis Mai, and if a Maiden loves you, you cannot escape her however hard you run."
  • Winespring Inn:
    • "I cannot. You know they are after me, or you'd not want me to go." And they had not commented on his eyes, even to ask if he was ill. Mistress al'Vere had barely been surprised. They knew. "If I give myself up, I can stop some of it. I can keep my family-" He jumped as the  hall door banged open to admit Faile, followed by Bain and Chiad.--Perrin's plan.
    • "You addle-brained lummox! You don't have to do any such crackpate thing! You goose-brain! If you try it, I'll hang you myself!"
      • "Perrin," Mistress al'Vere said quietly, "would you introduce me to this young women who thinks so highly of you?"-Ha! I really began to like Mistress al'Vere in this scene!
    • "You cal this being protected, roofmistress?" Bain said. "If you ask the lion to protect you from wolves, you have only chosen to end in one belly instead of another."--So true!
    • "Can you not protect yourselves?" Chiad added. "I have seen Perrin fight, and Mat Cauthon, and Rand al'Thor. They are the same blood as you."
    • "I have had enough," she announced. Perrin frowned as she stood and same around the table to him. Seizing his head, she pulled his face into her midriff. "Your mother is dead," she said quietly. "Your father is dead. Your sisters are dead, and your brother. Your family is dead, and you cannot change it. Certainly not by dying yourself. Let yourself grieve. Don't hold it inside where it can fester."
    • This scene where Perrin learns his family has been killed reminds me of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Body", the one where her mother, Joyce, dies. I cannot not imagine how this would feel but I think Jordan does a really good job of portraying Perrin's grief. And no matter what you think of Faile you have to agree that she did the right thing here.
Chapter 30: Beyond the Oak
  • Loial:
    • "If you wish it, I will sing to the apple trees before we leave."--I cannot get over how sweet this is of Loial. Perrin couldn't save his family, but Loial will save/strengthen the trees they are buried under.
    • "Here or there, it is the same fight, I think," Loial replied. "The book can wait. Perhaps I will have a chapter about you."
  • Mistress al'Vere:
    • "You have to know when to rein them short," the older woman replied absently, "and when there's nothing to do but give them their head. Letting them have their way when it isn't important makes it easier to check them when it is." She was frowning after Cenn, not really paying attention to what she was saying, except maybe when she added, "And some should be tied in the stall and left there."
  • Warders:
    • "An Ogier," the gray haired man said, "Aiel, a yellow-eyed man--the one the Whitecloaks seek, of course--and a fierce young woman with a knife." Perrin glanced at Faile; she held a blade to throw. He agreed with her this time.

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