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Mags is still the “odd-man out” at the new College. He’s out of step with the others, his upbringing leaving him socially inept. But he’s learning, and growing, and sometimes his skills bring him moments of happiness. But then his world turns around again, when he becomes the target of suspicion following the foreseers’ prophecy. And hormones are making tempers fly. Friends’ angry words hurt and isolate. And when his Companion is injured, Mags starts to really doubt if he really should be a Herald…
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p. 51—situation: Mags is out of his Grays, spying on someone, and mindspeaking with his Companion...
"What's strange?" [...]
"Clothes. Funny how they make ye feel. Yon fancy stuff I have, tha' I wore t' Midwinter...feel like there's allus someone watchin' me, an' I gotta be extra careful and quiet like so's I don't make mistakes. Like if I open m'mouth I'll get found out an' kicked out, even when it was just Master Soren what invited me in the first place."
"I can see that," Dallen replied.
"Reg'lar Trainee uniform, I feel like I gotta just try hard all the time, not waste a drip of a candlemark, better measure up, no slackin', no slouchin'. Like...like I gotta live up t' the Grays, belike. This..." he chuckled to himself. "This, y'know, I dun feel like there's all that pressure."
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