"Maybe Egwene is around. Watching you stare at her like a poleaxed ox will be as good as a badger any day."
   —Matrim Cauthon

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Setting: the Westwood, and Emond's Field


Point of view: Rand al'Thor

Rand al'Thor and his father Tam al'Thor are traveling in the Westwood via the Quarry Road to Emond's Field. Their mare Bela is hauling a cart with casks of apple brandy and cider which Tam has promised to the Winespring Inn for the Bel Tine celebrations the next day.

Daise Congar

"You just try meddling in women's circle business, and see how you like eating your own cooking."

With the winter being so hard and long, wolves and bears had been attacking people and animals, so both Rand and Tam are watchful of their surroundings. Rand looks behind them, and sees a Myrddraal on a black horse following. Rand stumbles, breaking his stare with the Fade, and tells Tam there is a stranger following them. They stop, look behind them, but the Myrddraal is not there. Rand wonders if it was a figment of his imagination, and they continue on.

Wit Congar

"We can't have a wisdom like that for Emonds Field."

They enter Emond's Field, where they are stopped by Wit Congar. He starts complaining about the new Wisdom, Nynaeve al'Meara, until his wife, Daise Congar, arrives and starts admonishing Wit. Rand and Tam quickly continue to the Winespring Inn. As they walk through the village, they see Bel Tine preparations going on everywhere.

Reaching the Winespring Inn, Brandelwyn al'Vere, the owner of the Inn and the Mayor of Emond's Field, comes out to greet them. He and Tam are chatting about the odd winter when Cenn Buie arrives to add his negative comments on the matter.

As the conversation continues, Matrim Cauthon, hidden from their view, tugs on Rand's sleeve. He tells Rand that he and Dav Ayellin have caught a badger that they are going to let loose on the Green to watch the girls scream. Rand says he has to help carry the casks and barrels into the inn.

Mat mentions strangers in the village, and Rand describes the Myrddraal. Mat admits he saw one three days before, and how scared he was with it just staring at him. Mat's father Abell Cauthon also didn't believe there was anything there, though Mat thinks people would have to believe him now with Rand backing what he saw.

Mat is seen by Tam, and is recruited as another helping hand for getting the casks inside. Tam tells them there is a gleeman in the inn, and Bran recalls how the man had arrived in the middle of the night. Cenn then lets slip that there will be fireworks as well. When Bran confronts him about his loose tongue, Cenn quickly ducks into the inn. Tam states they need to unload the cart, and the rest begin carrying casks into the inn.


Brandelwyn al&#039;Vere

"Hah! His cloak is more patches than cloak, with more colors on it than I can name!"




Emond&#039;s Field

"Emond's Field"






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