Chapter 16: The Wisdom
Before they can see Nynaeve, Min pulls Rand away to tell him she saw the same ďsparksĒ off Nynaeve as the rest of them, meaning sheís part of whatever Because Destiny Says So
theyíre all caught up in. Of course.
They meet in the same private dining room, where Nynaeve reveals her Offscreen Moment of Awesome
being able to follow Lanís expertly hidden trail, garnering praise from him that actually embarrasses her. Everyone in Emondís Field sees what happened as a kidnapping, and sheís there to bring them back. This devolves into Ham-to-Ham Combat
between Nynaeve and Moiraine, until Lan gets everyone else out so Jordan doesnít have to bore us repeating the same points over and over.
After they donít get anywhere, Nynaeve lets Rand know that Moiraine was also quite interested in whether any of them werenít born in Two Rivers, bringing back that story of Tamís thatís been on the backburner for a while. Nynaeve already knows it, and gives Rand a speech about how she saw how much Tam and his wife loved him, and theyíre his parents. It would be a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
, except itís also clear that sheís trying to get him to stop questioning it so heíll be more willing to come back.
Here we get a branching out from the Lord of the Rings inspiration with this look at the immediate effects that these people leaving had on their hometown. It actually reminds me more of Watership Down
, though itís subtle enough that I donít get the sense here that that was deliberate. Nynaeve comes from a pretty interesting position, as itís really on the Aes Sedai themselves that no one trusts them, and she seems to believe at least part of Randís story, so Iím rooting for both of them in different ways. She seems set to become a Spanner in the Works
, and a rather compelling one.