Amabel

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Amabel
Allegiance House Whent
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)

Goodwife Amabel is a servant in Lady Shella Whent's household at Harrenhal. She is an old woman.[1]

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A Clash of Kings

After Lord Tywin Lannister takes Harrenhal, Amabel continues in service of the Lannisters.[1]

When Arya Stark is brought to Harrenhal by the Mountain's men with other prisoners, Goodwife Amabel and Goodwife Harra supervise the process of their cleaning in the bathhouse and give the captives their assignments at Harrenhal after checking them out like they are some animals for sale. Goodwife Harra asks Arya for her name. Arya lies it's Weasel, which Amabel thinks is appropriate for the girl. She orders Arya's hair to be cut as she thinks it is a fright and a nest for lice as well, then she assigns Arya to the kitchens. Arya protests that she wants to work in the stables, owning her a slap by Goodwife Harra for her insolence. Amabel explains that Lord Tywin Lannister has grooms and squires to look after the horses, so there is no need for Arya in the stables. She goes on saying that the kitchens would have been a nice place for Arya to work, as they are a clean place where one can sleep by fires and always find something to eat. However, since Arya has proven to be a girl that is not clever, she suggests sending Arya to the Wailing Tower instead, where she has to work for the understeward Weese. Goodwife Harra agrees with this suggestion. They give Arya roughspun clothes and ill-fitting shoes and send her off to the Wailing Tower.[1]

Arya arranges the death of the abusive Weese through Jaqen H'ghar. When his body is found, presumably with his dog having ripped out his throat, Goodwife Amabel is among the bystanders. Someone suggests that Harrenhal is cursed, to which Amabel replies that it's the influence of Black Harren's ghost and that she won't sleep another night in the castle.[2]

Following the Brave Companions' defection in the wake of Lord Tywin's departure, Harrenhal falls into the hands of Lord Roose Bolton, who takes his seat there. Many of the servants from Lady Whent's time are executed or otherwise punished for their collaboration with the Lannisters. Goodwife Harra is among those who lose their heads, leaving her companion Amabel in a distraught state. As she is just fetching water for Lord Bolton's household one day, Arya is grasped by Amabel, who accuses her of being responsible for what has befallen former members of Lady Whent's household, because Arya organized the release of the northmen who then seized the castle for Lord Bolton. She alludes to the victory of the Lannisters in the Battle of the Blackwater and proposes that Lord Tywin will take Harrenhal again, at which time all those who serve Lord Bolton will be punished, Arya in particular. She announces that, when the time comes, she herself intends to torture Arya with the handle of a broom left by Harra. Arya breaks away from her grasp, threatening to kill Amabel, if she ever touches her again. However, Amabel replies that Arya is wrong if she believes that the Bolton sigil on her breast will protect her forever. Arya knows that Amabel would be executed if she reports her comments to Lord Bolton, but she decides not to do it.[3]

A Storm of Swords

Amabel is told by Lord Roose Bolton to look after Brienne of Tarth when she arrives at Harrenhal with Ser Jaime Lannister and the Brave Companions.[4]

A Feast for Crows

When Ser Jaime Lannister returns to Harrenhal on his way to lifting the Second Siege of Riverrun and puts the castle back to order after the departure of the Brave Companions and the occupation led Ser Gregor Clegane, only three servants from Lady Whent's time are still around, but Goodwife Amabel isn't among them.[5]

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