Sunday, May 5, 2013
The Dragon Reborn Read-Along, Week 3
I really don't see the point of not giving Egwene any and all information there is on the World of Dreams. Even if they were just Corianin's theories and not absolute fact, it might still be helpful or help Egwene expand anything she's thinking about and learn more. Especially with the apparent danger Dreaming poses, and the fact that this is a teacher-pupil relationship, I can't help but think perhaps Verin's motives for keeping certain things hidden.
2. In her testing for becoming Accepted, we see Egwene as Amyrlin. Can you accept this as a possible future for her or is it too improbable?
I'd like to think so. Just as with Nynaeve, I'd like to think she'll marry Lan someday. Amyrlin is such a high position, it's almost beyond ambition, but Egwene is definitely smart and capable enough. I think it's a real possibility. Interesting that she sees Elaida as black ajah in the dream. I think that may be more her own prejudices coloring things a bit. She's afraid of the black ajah, but Elaida is someone present in the tower she can focus her emotions on.
3. Mat seems fairly nifty with a quarterstaff, even when he is half dead. Did his defeat of Galad and Gawyn seem to be based upon his skill, rather than luck, and did you find it convincing?
Loved this scene! Mat's not my favorite character--he's hysterical, but also very arrogant. Despite that, it was kind of fun to see the country bumpkin kick some rich, pretty-boy butt. Especially when he makes all kinds of money. Wouldn't it be great to suddenly have a skill where you out-do the competition and make all kinds of money? I mean, writing is never like that, right? ;D
4. It seems that the realm of Dreams, Tel'aran'rhiod, is very important to the Black Ajah because they have stolen many ter'angreals that were thought to be associated with Dreaming or Corianin Sedai. Why do you think they are so interested in Dreaming?
Hard to say without knowing more about their motives. I think two things are at play here. 1) No one in the White Tower knows anything about dreaming or the World of Dreams. Maybe they figure if they can figure it out, it will give them an advantage. 2) The Forsaken we've seen thus far--Ba'alzamon himself, in fact--have made use of dreams. Probably they know much more than the humans do and if the black ajah are working for them, they be learning from Dark Instructors.
5. Now that we know that Else was definitely an impostor, it seems that Lanfear has more than one set of tactics. Do you think that she might also be the true identity of Silvie, the old woman that Egwene encounters in her Dream of the Stone of Tear and are you surprised by the way in which she approaches women?
Okay, Silvie was all kinds of creepy. At least if she is Lanfear, it makes sense. If she's not...well Egwene's got more than one kind of person to look out for when she sleeps. Sounds exhausting.
6. We know that the Black Ajah 'evidence' is a trap set by Lanfear. Do you think their plan to spring the trap intentionally will work or will it lead them into some other trouble?
I think they're bound to hit a few bumps. When you do stuff like this, you're always heading--at least somewhat blindly--into enemy territory. If they're smart about it, it could work. If not, they might find themselves right back in some form of slavery (like the Seanchan).
7. Suddenly, Mat has been revealed as a gambler with incredible luck. Does this fit with the young man that we met in the first two books and did you detect any unusual luck before his Healing in the White Tower?
It's sort of awesome. And I think it fits what we know of Mat. He was always a trickster and a prankster; always getting into trouble. Being a lucky gambler just fits right in with that. At the same time, dealing with attracting too much attention might actually serve to make him more cautious. I don't know that Mat is the sort of guy that will ever totally grow up, but he can use all the help he can get.
I love the World of Dreams! It's so much fun. Totally want to find a way to go there when I got to sleep! I love that she saw Perrin. It was interesting that he chained himself up in the World of Dreams. Jordan is a master with his dream and world-of-dreams symbolism. Pay attention to both Perrin and Egwene's dreams. She often says something doesn't make sense and must just be a bizarre dream. Nope. Generally not. Every single one is strategically placed by the author. Just sayin'.
What did everyone else like about this section?