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Not all schools, but some schools, yes.
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She also used fear to manipulate novices into doing what she wants, making her a terrorist.
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Ok, so imagine this.

My high school had 2800-3000 kids in it on a given day. My graduating class alone was 750 or so. If you bought lunch, you'd have to go through the line and pay at the end by entering a PIN. As far as I can remember (I graduated high school 10 years ago, so it's a bit hazy), you just had to say your name to verify that it was your account. Not to mention that the cashiers were whipping you through as fast as they could because there was always a huge line of hungry teenagers behind you.

Ok. So my older brother played varsity football, and as a result I knew a lot of the varsity guys even as a freshman. This really boosted my coolness, but it also made me victim to a bunch of pranks. The offensive linemen (my brother played offensive line, so they were like my other brothers) used to love picking me up and carrying me to the opposite corner of the school right before class started. I would try to fight against the flow of literally hundreds or thousands of kids to try and make it back to my class on time, but I was late a lot. My teachers were mostly ok with it once they figured out what was going on.

The other big prank I remember is that the football team loved depleting my account of money. My parents would write a check for like $100, and that would last me a while. But once the football guys found out my number (and I have no idea how they did), they would all eat for free until the account was run dry. True story. I remember a few times I couldn't eat lunch because I didn't have money in the account. They made up for it by inviting me to the party after the game on Friday night, but it was still a pain in the ass.

So, long story short, yes, this does happen in U.S. schools. At least to me, it did.
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See, Egwene sucks so bad that people would rather discuss their HS lives than WoT.


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I personally was happy with Egwene's overall character arc completion in the book...Gawyn bugged me more than Egwene anyway, and that proved true to the end.

While I think she made some dumb choices, did dumb things, was annoying at times, I still enjoyed her growth from the wide-eyed young girl to the woman who could accept an overwhelming burden of responsibility.

I would have liked to see a *wee bit* of self doubt and fear in her though. Being brave tends to happen when you don't think about it, and dawns on you later what idiotic chances you took. (At least in my real life.) Her character was a bit too focused on being firm and brave and doing THE BEST THING EVER FOR THE WORLD!!! TA-DAAAAAA!


Ok, that is my Egwene rant. I never recall taking a real stance on Egs before.
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Well done, that. Can you now also explain what Valan Luca was up to in this book, and why he's Egwene's alter ego?
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Wow. The boards have died suddenly.


I personally was happy with Egwene's overall character arc completion in the book...Gawyn bugged me more than Egwene anyway, and that proved true to the end.

While I think she made some dumb choices, did dumb things, was annoying at times, I still enjoyed her growth from the wide-eyed young girl to the woman who could accept an overwhelming burden of responsibility.

I would have liked to see a *wee bit* of self doubt and fear in her though. Being brave tends to happen when you don't think about it, and dawns on you later what idiotic chances you took. (At least in my real life.) Her character was a bit too focused on being firm and brave and doing THE BEST THING EVER FOR THE WORLD!!! TA-DAAAAAA!


Ok, that is my Egwene rant. I never recall taking a real stance on Egs before.
But they couldn't show her that way. For the thematic parallels to work, she had to be very Rand-like. They both refused to show their real selves, accepting a mantle of great responsibility. Then they wore it so long it became part of them. Brandon handled it terribly with the whole "anger of the Amyrlin" crap, but the basic point still stands. These two were the only ones of their age group who completely internalized their responsibilities, and focused their remaining lives on those goals.
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