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I'm confused after reading Knife of Dreams....

Dagon Thyne

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The specific phrase is found in the epigraph at the beginning of the book:


"'The sweetness of victory and the bitterness of defeat are alike a knife of dreams' from Fog and Steel by Madoc Comadrin"


In addition to the good comments in the 13th depository article referenced be gambril, one of the ideas that this phrase (and the title derived from it) suggests is that both victory and defeat can be equally haunting.  This seems particularly true for Mat: he always manages to win, but at what cost?  In real life, even the victor often doesn't sleep well the night after a battle, and that battle can be personal as well as on the field.

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What does fires of heaven mean then if your so clever?


To me it seems FOH the title represents Rands growing strength in Saidin.  Would love to hear other peoples takes on what the various titles represents :)


FoH title has always represented Rand's use of balefire in the book for me

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