The Eye of the World: Chapter 3

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Author: Dinn da Noor

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The Peddler


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Point of View: Rand

Location: Emond's Field

Characters: Padan Fain, various Emond's Fielders, Rand, Mat, Perrin, the Village Council, Nynaeve, Egwene

Outline

Padan Fain tells of a False Dragon in Ghealdan. Egwene tells Rand she wants to be a Wisdom.

Summary

Surrounded by a cloud of villagers and farmers, the peddler stops in front of the inn. People join the crowd continuously, constantly watching the peddler, Padan Fain, who is as always smiling and laughing. The Village Council joins the spectators who are eager to hear news from the outside.

Perrin Aybara joins Mat and Rand, excited about the gleeman.

The peddler eventually starts talking and tells them that it is war going on in Ghealdan and that people are flocking around the Dragon. With this comment everybody gasps and starts shouting that it can only be another false Dragon. Fain says that they cannot be sure whether he is the Dragon Reborn or just a false Dragon, but that this one can channel the One Power and that a party of Aes Sedai has ridden south from Tar Valon to deal with him.

The Village Council brings the peddler to the inn to discuss the issue more thoroughly. Mat, Perrin and Rand starts discussing the news and tales about the Dragon and Aes Sedai. Mat has just told the others that Bili Congar named the Dark One last year when Nynaeve comes to them and tells Mat that he "shouldn't be off his mother's apron strings". Rand suddenly notices Egwene standing behind the Wisdom watching them. He tells Nynaeve what the peddler said, and she quickly leaves to get the Woman's Circle to "find out anything useful".

Egwene starts talking to Rand and tells him that she wants to become a Wisdom. Rand is disapproving about it, but suddenly Mat says that Perrin got a coin from Moiraine, and that he saw the rider too.

Perrin says that Master Luhhan didn't quite believe him, but he carried his biggest hammer with him that day. When Egwene asks what they talk about, Mat and Perrin starts talking about their encounters with the black-cloaked rider. Egwene thinks it's silly that they shall go around and spread tales scaring children. She is about to say something when the door to the inn opens and the gleeman comes out.

Notes

Common Themes

Isolation of the Two Rivers
  • Taren Ferry folk are foolish
Men and Women
  • Rand thinks Perrin is much better with girls than he is
  • Nynaeve and Egwene both think that none of the boys are old enough to be off lead strings
  • Nynaeve thinks the village council will ask all of the wrong questions and none of the right ones and it will take the Women’s Circle to find out anything useful
Overconfidence in their own knowledge
  • Egwene dismisses the boys tale about the man they saw, with little justification other than it is outside of her experience

Character Development

Mat
  • When Mat repeats a tale of how the Dragon will be reborn to save the world, Perrin says the merchant was a fool for telling it and Mat a fool for listening
  • Mat seems excited by the talk of war
  • Mat is willing to believe the stories that the Aes Sedai don't serve the Dark One
Rand
  • Rand finds the tales of Aes Sedai as Darkfriends more convincing than the ones where they are not
Perrin
  • Perrin doesn't like the talk of war

Characters

First Appearance

Padan Fain, Perrin, Hu Barran,Tad Barran, Nynaeve, Egwene, Thom

First Mention

Logain, Bili Congar, Mistress Ayellin, Bandry Crawe, Lem Thane

Spoilers

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Misconceptions

  • The Dark One and the Dragon are confused
  • The Dragon started everything, but it was the Aes Sedai that broke the world
  • Aes Sedai serve the Dark One.

This comes from stories, though not all of them say the Aes Sedai are Darkfriends. Presumably some do, or at least the ones commonly told in the Two Rivers .


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