|Chapter 9: River-Ride|
Covenant nodded. Soon he closed his eyes. His weariness lowered him to the ground beside the fire. He wanted to sleep.
But Linden held his attention. "It isn't enough," she said stiffly. "You keep saying you want to fight the Sunbane, but you can hardly light a fire. You might as well be afraid of rubbing sticks together. I need a better answer than that."
He understood her point. Surely the Sunbane--capable of torturing nature itself at its whim--could not be abrogated by anything as paltry as a white gold ring. He distrusted power because no power was ever enough to accomplish his heart's desires. To heal the world. Cure leprosy. Bridge the loneliness which thwarted his capacity for love. He made an effort not to sound harsh. "Then find one. Nobody else can do it for you."