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Breaking the Rules to Do the Right Thing

Breaking the Rules to Do the Right Thing

The third chapter of New Spring deals with Siuan and Moiraine in the immediate aftermath of hearing the foretelling about the Dragon Reborn. As such, it deals a lot with their reaction to the news—Siuan is excited and Moiraine is terrified—as well as their relationship. It sets up a scene coming up with Elaida and introduces several ancillary characters we see later in the series.

I’m not talking about any of that.

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He is born again! I feel him!

In the second chapter of New Spring, we see the rebirth of the Dragon as Foretold by Gitara Moroso, and while I was initially planning this post, I was thinking of it as the Inciting Incident for the four-million-plus words that follow.

But that’s not right.

It’s not the foretelling that’s the inciting incident; it’s the rebirth of the Dragon itself. That realization made me question why Robert Jordan would present us the information this way. To be sure, at publication, we already knew the bare facts, and this chapter was all about introducing Moiraine Damodred, Siuan Sanche, and the Aes Sedai.

But there’s more.

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