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Old 09-09-2011, 02:04 PM
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I'm on this exact same chapter (TGH #48) in my reread right now, as of this morning.

First, the wind that you refer to I've noticed on many, many occasions where Rand has a PoV in these first two books. It just occurred to me last night (as I read Chapters 45-48 or so), that it may be the case that Rand experiences this wind on every occasion that his destiny hangs in the balance (think of it is Rand's equivalent to Mat's dice-in-his-head). I thought about it because I also noticed that Rand arrives at various locations (Falme, Whitebridge, Fal Dara, Cairhien, Baerlon, the Eye - I'm pretty sure you get the idea) throughout the first two books just as the sun is rising.

As I just realized this mere hours ago, I haven't had an opportunity to double-check this theory for accuracy, but I've already planned to reread the first 3 books just as soon as I've finished TDR, because I have a ton of things I want to check on that I've noticed during this reread.

As for the Mark, I'm afraid I have nothing more to offer than you've already stated. In fact, if truth be told, I'm a paragraph or two away from Min finding Rand's slumbering body in that scene and Lanfear hasn't even entered the picture. So I'm a little underinformed to speculate at this time.

Thanks for the insight, though, CC.
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"Egwene had told him she had murdered children...Too horrible for anyone to admit to unless it was true." [TGH: Chapter 46, Rand PoV]
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