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

Goodwife Amabel is a servant in Lady Shella Whent's household at Harrenhal.

Appearance and Character

Amabel is described as a "fierce old woman".[1]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

When Arya Stark is brought to Harrenhal by Gregor Clegane's men together with other prisoners, Goodwife Amabel and Goodwife Harra supervise the process of their cleaning in the bathhouse and give the captives their assignments. When Arya lies to the two women and says her name is Weasel, Amabel states the name is appropriate for her. She orders Arya's hair to be cut and assigns Arya to the kitchens. When Arya protests, Amabel suggests sending her to the Wailing Tower instead, where she has to work for the understeward Weese. Goodwife Harra agrees with this suggestion.[1]

When Weese's body is found, Goodwife Amabel is among the bystanders. When someone suggests that Harrenhal is cursed, Amabel replies that it is the influence of Black Harren's ghost. She claims that she will not sleep another night in the castle.[2]

After Lord Tywin Lannister departs Harrenhal, the Brave Companions defect and the castle falls under the control of Lord Roose Bolton. Many of Harrenhal's servants from Shella Whent's time are executed or otherwise punished for having collaborated with the Lannisters. Amabel is distraught when Goodwife Harra is executed. One day, she grasps Arya, accusing her of being responsible for what has befallen former members of Lady Whent's household, as 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, and promises that she intends to torture Arya herself when the time comes. Arya breaks away from her grasp and threatens to kill her if she ever touches her again. However, Amabel replies that Arya is wrong if she believes that the Bolton sigil on her clothing 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 Shella Whent time are still around, but Goodwife Amabel isn't among them.[5]