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Chapter 3: The Peddler
Don't worry, there's only a few more characters of importance left to introduce throughout the whole book (I'd say... ten). Only one of these will be introduced before the protagonists start their adventure. But yeah, I'm firmly in the group who consider Robert Jordan's "sexism" to be vastly overstated by the people who don't like the series. And a couple who do like the series, but whatever.
Since things might get very confusing later otherwise I'll say that Perin is the blacksmiths apprentice, not his son. Also Nynaeve is something like 5 or so years older. As for Jordan's sexism some of the critizism's good, some not that much. For exemple the lack of male channelers is supposed to have created a world where women dominate to a lesser degree (andor's and the sea folk only having female rulers) to greater degree (the ridiculuous list Shienar has and Malkier had for what a man must do if asked by a woman) to the oh my god I'm not sure if I can't believe humans could do this, or if I only wish I couldn't believe it degree (Women in Ebou Dar being legally allowed to kill their husbands at any time, for any reason or none at all). Some feminists see this as evidence that RJ thinks all women are crazy bitches. (these same feminists often have no problem with seeing the real world as a genderswapped version). Something more substantial is the fact that he seems to like to see female authority figures pulled down in some humiliating fashion just a little too much. And the Super Girls (not saying who that is until the permanent cast has been firmly established, not sure wether that would count as a spoiler) Also some claim that all the young women in the series act exactly the same way and it's a very irrational one at that. The first part is silly and very very wrong (though specifics would be spoilers) and the second is not a particularly female quality given that common sense is usually shown around once by one character per book
Ah, just remembered something I wanted to make you aware of: The internal consistency of the plot and stuff like that only really starts in the second book; this first book seems to have been written as if it were intended to be the only book in the series, or perhaps as if it were one of three. Due to this, there are quite a few things in this first book which are retconned in later books, as well as some things which seem important here, but lose importance very quickly.
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