AGoT Arya 3

  • More obesity as comic relief: a “septa as big as a draft horse” with “legs as thick and white as marble columns.”
  • Oh, and Illyrio is “grossly fat, yet he seemed to walk lightly, carrying his weight on the balls of his feet as a water dancer might” — because, as we don’t learn until ADwD, he was one.
  • Myrcella and Tommen are uncharacteristically mean here.
  • Old Nan sayeth: there are steps to hell, and they are dark.
  • Varys to Illyrio: “the [Lannisters] tried to kill [Ned’s] son.” So Varys really doesn’t know who was responsible for the Bran assassination attempt? Or is he referring only to the defenestration?
  • Varys and Illyrio sure sound like they intend for a Dothraki invasion under Dany to be the main event of their coup — not as though she’s a distracting sideshow or as if they expect her to die, as is implied in ADwD.
  • Much has been made of Margaery’s resemblance to Anne Boleyn, but here she’s just as much Catherine Howard: a woman chosen by scheming relatives/courtiers to seduce the king and thereby win his favor for her procurers.
  • Lest we get too sympathetic to Varys, here he is ordering up fifty tongueless slave children.
  • Ned and Old Nan have a strangely late-twentieth century concept of a wizard: “a long white beard and a tall pointed hat speckled with stars.”
  • Yoren meets Arya, and mistakes her for a boy, making his later recognition and choice of disguise for her plausible.
  • Arya’s patronization by both her father and his guards is striking: do they really think she’ll believe one of them is worth ten of the enemy, or that it does her any long-term good to tell her so?
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