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Setting: Cairhien (city)

Point of view: Egwene al'Vere

Egwene is walking around in Cairhien, which she views as much better than walking around outside the walls. She is thinking about how she will be able to return to Tel'aran'rhiod soon, not for the next meeting in three days, but shortly after that. She listens to gossip as she walks and suddenly realizes that there must be White Tower eyes-and-ears around and they might be looking for her. She almost panics but then realizes that dressed as an Aiel Wise One, no one is going to notice her as the Accepted Egwene al'Vere.

She intervenes in an altercation and as that gets resolved she notices a mounted party, with women wearing the Flame of Tar Valon on their cloaks. She runs back to the Aiel tents to inform the Wise Ones and finds Berelain visiting with Amys, Bair, and Sorilea. For some reason the Wise Ones are very fond of Berelain, but Egwene can't ask why without incurring toh. Egwene asks Berelain to keep her presence a secret from the White Tower Aes Sedai.







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