How do you envision Mat and Tuon's relationship going forward? How does Tuon's role as empress affect them? How does it change Mat in particular, in your opinion? Does Mat ever take Tuon to visit the Two Rivers? What does she think of it? What about children? Tell me about their parenting. Has Mat ever sat down on the Crystal Throne, either by mistake or Tuin's urging (sex?) or whatever? How does Mat affect the damane (sp?) issue and slavery in general among Seanchean?
I think that they do sincerely love one another, and more than that, I think they know one another. I think Mat is good for Tuon in that he reminds her to be a person, not just the Empress, and that Tuon is good for Mat in focusing the fact that he is, thanks to his memories-that-are-not-his, quite probably the greatest general ever born.
1. Going forward, though? Tuon is the Empress, and she was raised for that her whole life. She was raised in absolute luxury, the kind Mat thought didn’t even exist, in a culture based on the enslavement of women such as those to whom Mat had been taught from birth to give the utmost respect. Their every cultural understanding is different.
So… I think it’s going to be difficult for them, if they get off war footing.