. He would have had her go off on a rant for several pages about what a moron Rand is and how can she be expected to deal with a moron like him who can't even get simple things right!!!!!!!!!!
You forgot to mention she would then drink tea. But I agree that it is great to see changes such as that one. Also as much as I loved the past books, if Jordan had continued writing them I could see them reaching the mid twenties at the very least.
The problem I had with Mat was neither his responses or his actions but rather with his...tone?. Also Talmanes seems a chatterbox compared to his old self. Nothing major but Mat has probably been my favourite character ever since his one on two duel at Tar Valon in the early books.
Strange to say it but I have the odd feeling Mat may be the real dragon reborn. Although that may just be my dislike of Rand and being a fanboy of Mat clouding things. For all I know Padan Fain could pop out of nowhere kill the Dark One and Tarmon Gaiden never occurs.