…but only after feeling betrayed by his father, fantasizing his uncle’s death, and mooning after his “true brothers” (or are they cousins?). His life has already taught him, though, that it’s “better not to speak of the things [he] want[s].”
Other stuff I noticed in this chapter:
- Casual sexism: one of the recruits is “weak as a girl.” There’s also another contemptuous dismissal of wet nurse wisdom, this time by Donal Noye.
- Famous last words: Benjen’s “we’ll speak when I return.”
- Donal Noye used to work for Stannis. Interesting.
- The wall is 700 feet high — a little taller than the Gateway Arch, but only about half the height of the Willis (Sears) Tower.
- Jon is now fifteen.
- Jeor Mormont is described as “a gruff old man with an immense” (?!) “bald head.” Cue the corn-requesting raven, calling directly back to the preceding Bran chapter. (It wants Jon to live, too.)
- Jon and Tyrion have great buddy chemistry.