A Clash of Kings-Chapter 17

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Tyrion IV
A Clash of Kings chapter
POV Tyrion
Place King's Landing
Page 192 UK HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Tyrion III
Bran II  ← Tyrion IV →  Sansa II

Tyrion V


Tyrion is having breakfast with Grand Maester Pycelle, and hands him two sealed letters to send by raven for Prince Doran Martell’s eyes only. When Pycelle goes up to the rookery, Tyrion looks at Pycelle’s potions, and steals one. Tyrion deliberately fans the Grand Maester's curiosity about the letters by pointedly refusing to reveal their contents. As Tyrion takes his leave, he thinks to himself "one". Outside, Bronn is selecting recruits and sellswords, and points out a hedge knight named Tallad as the best of the lot. Bronn warns Tyrion of mobs gathering in the streets, and tells him a black brother named Ser Alliser is demanding an audience, carrying a dismembered hand in a jar. Tyrion, who remembers and dislikes Thorne from his trip to the Wall, postpones having to see him.

Littlefinger visits later. Tyrion comments on his Valyrian steel dagger, knowing it is the weapon Littlefinger used to frame him for the attempted assassination of Bran Stark. Baelish teases him by offering it to him, making no attempt to apologise for the anguish his lie caused. Tyrion reflects that Baelish's position as Master of Coin is too secure to dispose of him, even for his treachery. Instead, Tyrion sets Lord Baelish up by offering him lordship of Harrenhal if he brings a message to Lady Lysa Arryn, whose maidenhead Petyr has boasted of taking. Tyrion tells him he will offer her Lord Arryn’s true murderer (whose identity Littlefinger is quite curious to know), and his niece Myrcella as a ward to be betrothed to Lord Robert. Littlefinger is too greedy to pass up such a great opportunity and agrees to deliver the message. Tyrion thinks "two".

Afterwards, Varys arrives and is aware of Tyrion’s proposal to Littlefinger. He then puzzles out most of Tyrion’s offer to Prince Doran Martell: a seat on the Small Council, Tyrion’s nephew Tommen as ward, and the head of Ser Gregor Clegane in revenge for the murder of Prince Doran's sister Elia. When Varys asks what Lord Tywin would think, Tyrion replies, "My father would be the first to tell you that fifty thousand Dornishmen are worth one rabid dog." Varys cautions Tyrion that his sister will never consent to sending away both Tommen and Myrcella, and Tyrion warns that if his sister were to find out his plans, he would know Varys told her. He thinks to himself "three".

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