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! __Mat__ POV

A few days pass. There is news of a man with his throat ripped out and [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] knows it was the %%ot [gholam|Gholam]%% feeding. [Vanin|Chel Vanin], [Harnan] and the other [Redarms|Band of the Red Hand] still refuse to leave. [Olver] enjoys his lessons with [Riselle] and [Thom|Thom Merrilin] often visits her as well. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] and [Olver] play [Snakes and Foxes|Finn] every night. [Thom|Thom Merrilin] and [Beslan] often go out and [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is afraid they are planning something foolish. [Juilin|Juilin Sandar] gets caught upstairs[1] and is beaten for it. 

More [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] immigrants arrive every day. There are also lots of exotic [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] beasts, %%ot [torm]%%, %%ot [corlm]%%, %%ot [raken]%%, %%ot [to'raken|Toraken]%% and %%ot [s'redit|Elephants]%%. The [Ogier] Gardeners are fearsome, nothing like [Loial]. There are all sorts of rumors about the [Dragon Reborn|Rand alThor]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] tries not to think of [Rand|Rand alThor] or [Perrin|Perrin Aybara] because of the flashes of color that he sees. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] would like to leave with [Luca|Valan Luca] so he can keep close to [Aludra] and her secrets. 

[Mat|Matrim Cauthon] goes to [The Wandering Woman]. Many high ranking [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] stay there. As [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] arrives, a Banner-General of the [Deathwatch Guard|Seanchan (People)] leaves.[2] [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] meets with [Setalle Anan]. She asks him about [Elayne|Elayne Trakand], [Nynaeve|Nynaeve alMeara] and the [Kin]. She agrees to hide his traveling clothes and some gold for him. [Seanchan|Seanchan (People)] coins have the [Empress]' face on one side and the [Crystal Throne] on the other. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] returns to the palace where [Nerim] and [Lopin] say they finally found [Mat|Matrim Cauthon]'s clothes hidden in [Beslan]'s closet. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] has them take his clothes to [The Wandering Woman]. Every day they take some gold as well.

[Mat|Matrim Cauthon] leaves his %%ot [ashandarei]%% in [Tylin|Tylin Quintara]'s room. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] searches the city and finally finds a bellfounder, [Calwyn Sutoma], but he knows nothing of [Illuminators|Guild of Illuminators] and chases [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] away. He is too busy making bells for a celebration commissioned by [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath]. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] gets closer to [Aludra], but she still will tell him nothing. 

[Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath], [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag], [Anath|semirhage] and [Selucia] are often with [Tylin|Tylin Quintara]. [Anath|semirhage] continually berates [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag] and [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath] seems shocked by it.[3] One day he enters [Tylin|Tylin Quintara]'s quarters and sees [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag] examining his %%ot [ashandarei]%%. She tells him she is buying it but he refuses to sell. [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] runs into [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag] more often than chance allows.[4] After several days of moving clothes and gold, [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] decides to go back to [The Wandering Woman] to check on his stash himself.
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! Notes (Possible Spoilers)

[#1] Visiting [Amathera|Amathera Aelfdene Casmir Lounault].
\\[#2] This must be [Furyk Karede].
\\[#3] [Suroth|Suroth Sabelle Meldarath]'s reaction to [Anath|semirhage] would seem to imply that she does not know who [Anath|semirhage] really is.
\\[#4] [Tuon|Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag]'s interest in [Mat|Matrim Cauthon] is the result of that [Foretelling|Weaves] ([WH,Ch14]) and his ring. ([KoD,Ch26])
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