"There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind."
The mind copes with pain and tragedy in a variety of ways. Sleep provides an escape, as does forgetfulness, madness is an escape from reality, and death brings everything to an end.
Kote awakens in the forest. Much of what happened the previous day is dulled by forgetfulness.
He had dreamed of Abenthy, his father and the woodsman, Laclith, who had travelled with the troupe when he was younger. Laclith had taught him how to survive in the woods.
Gathering himself together, Kote begins to cope. He finds water, finds food, and gathers dry wood. He comes across a fallen greystone and uses it as a windbreak whilst sleeping.
While dreaming about his father, he remembers asking why the troupe stop at waystones. Ben's voice had answered telling him waystones sometimes marked safe roads. "Sometimes roads to safe places, sometimes safe roads leading into danger."
- ↑ Chapter 14. The Name of the Wind, page 101 - "Why do we stop at greystones?"
Ben's voice had answered telling him waystones sometimes marked safe roads: sometimes roads to safe places, sometimes safe roads leading to danger.