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. (more…)
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. (more…)