A Crown of Swords: Chapter 21

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Swovan Night


Chapter Icon: Five dice, arranged in a ring

Points of View: Mat, Nynaeve

Outline

Birgitte and Mat become friends.

Summary

Point of View: Mat

Setting: Ebou Dar

Characters: Caira, Birgitte, Mat.

Mat is attacked by two beggars, but forces them off him. He returns to the Wandering Woman where he is rebuked for having a woman in his room, who he discovers to be Birgitte. He has a flashback to when he blew the Horn of Valere, which called the Hunters, and he recognizes her. They start talking in the Old Tongue, which Mat does not realize until she points out this fact. They agree to keep each others' secrets and go drinking.




Nynaeve's Point of View:

Setting: Ebou Dar

Characters: Aviendha, Birgitte, Elayne, Juilin, Nynaeve, Thom.

Nynaeve sits with Elayne and Aviendha in their apartments while reading Mat's note. She wonders what they can do about Carridin and why Tylin does not arrest him. They do not understand Tylin's position with the Whitecloaks until Thom explains it. Elayne's behaviour grows increasingly bizarre and she starts weaving disguises, one of which shows Nynaeve as a Sea folk woman at sea, making her angry enough to channel. Elayne realizes Birgitte must be drunk and it is affecting her. Birgitte returns, complaining that Mat and Beslan can drink too much. Thom and Juilin leave while she goes to be sick.

They ask if Mat will be there in the morning and are told that he might help them, if they apologize. Angry, they ask about what they should apologize. Birgitte tells them he wants an apology for the way that they treated him after he rescued them from the Stone, although he hadn't mentioned either the Black Ajah or the Forsaken being there. Birgitte and Aviendha both say that he deserves apologies and thanks. Elayne reluctantly accepts, though Nynaeve refuses. Aviendha tells Elayne she has toh to Mat, which she must meet.

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