A Read of A Dance with Dragons – Part 42

Chapter 41 – Turncloak

It’s snowing at Winterfell. That’s good for Roose Bolton and not good for Stannis. Theon has his best opportunity to run but he’s scared to because of the game Ramsay played with Kyra. Arya is kept locked in her chamber, bruised and crying. Ramsay Bolton tells Theon he’s to keep her bathed because he wants her squeaky clean.

In the great hall, one of the washerwomen wants to know how Theon captured Winterfell. He’s too scared to tell her, fearing a trap. He wanders around the castle keeping away from others.

Lady Dustin’s men find him. She wants to see the Stark crypt. She tells him Roose isn’t happy about how sad Arya is; the northmen love Starks and they need to see her happy or they’ll break. The alliance is fragile. In the crypt they notice the three swords that Bran’s group took are missing. Lady Dustin says Brandon Stark took her maidenhead and she wanted to marry him. When Brandon was promised to Catelyn, her father had hopes of marrying her to Eddard, but Cat got him too. Then she married Lord Dustin and six months later he joined Robert’s Rebellion. He never came home. She is waiting for Eddard’s bones so she can feed them to her dogs.

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I think there’s more in this chapter than I’ve picked up on. I don’t think the singers are who they appear to be. Surely Stannis is too canny to attack Winterfell straight on – after all he took Deepwood Motte by surprise.

The missing swords are the ones Bran, Jojen and Meera took. I wonder if anyone will work that out.

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