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Special Education!
Thu Aug 31, 2006 13:16 (XFF:

Soradrelle’s gaze hardened as Dempsey obviously ignored his words, and the fool’s laughter was the last straw. He would have preferred to be friends with his student, but his primary duty was to teach him, and in any case no friendship was possible with someone who thought you were a lesser form of life. Nonetheless, he waited patiently as the boy babbled and commanded, anger seeping into his words.

"My dear man, if you honestly expect me to bow...needless to say it shall not be. Aes Sedai may bully me about, as the dear Mistress of Novices proves, but not you! If you honestly think you know how I feel, losing my gorgeous clothing, because you are a Tinker of all things, you have another think coming. That said, I should like to see the Tower. Take me throughout it, and never mind whether a place is forbidden or not. I may be a long way from Cairhien, but that does not mean I do not still have influence!"

Soradrelle almost smiled in amusement - he would have smiled, but disgust for the Novice made him feel sick. Not disgust because of the way he’d said “Tinker” or his implications - Sora had never been offended by the widespread misunderstanding of his people. He knew that while the Tuatha’an lacked the courage of the Aiel, they still had rather more courage than some, and more wisdom than most. Rather, Sora was disgusted because Dempsey didn’t miss his clothes because he loved beauty, but because he loved . . . things. Sora was almost tempted to direct Dempsey to an area forbidden to even Accepted and tell him that he could go in if he was sure his influence would protect him, while he himself remained behind since he was “a Tinker of all things,” but shook his head to himself. The boy was his responsibility. So he only said, “You’re right - your distance from Cairhien does not mean you do not have influence. But the fact that you are a Novice does. You have no authority here, or anywhere else, as long as you wear Novice White. Even if an Aes Sedai took you back to your home in Cairhein, he or she would have complete authority over you, and you would do nothing without their permission. Here in the White Tower it is the same - the poorest Accepted, a stablehand servant of the least noble, has authority over you. And even Novices of what you would call lesser birth are your equals. Here, you are a servant among servants, a child among children, who has much to learn. It remains to be seen whether you are also a fool, who cannot learn. But I am your teacher, for now, and I’ll do my best to teach you. I would have shown you the areas of your interest, but now I have a fairly good idea of your educational requirements. You will bow, and you will obey me, or you will remain here in your rooms, through breakfast, lunch, and dinner, until you are willing to cooperate. Have you ever been hungry, Novice?” Sora quickly glanced over his portly frame, “I doubt it. And I doubt you’ll enjoy it. I suppose you could appeal to some Aes Sedai, but I do not think they would appreciate your interrupting them, especially as I’m within my rights - even my responsibilities - whether you believe me or not. Have I made myself clear? Are you going to be cooperative?”

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