A Clash of Kings-Chapter 29
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Tyrion was up late at night reading, when Pod brings word that his cousin Ser Lancel is outside demanding to see him. Lancel, under orders from Cersei, commands Tyrion to release Pycelle in the name of the king and also relays Cersei's demand that Ser Jacelyn Bywater be stripped of his comission and imprisoned (leading Tyrion to realise Bywater has already refused to obey the command to free Pycelle). When he threatens Tyrion, the dwarf retorts, "I’ll hear no warnings from you, boy." Lancel corrects him that he is a knight, and starts to reach for his sword, but Tyrion angrily threatens that with one word, he could have Shagga kill Lancel "With an axe, not a wineskin" - revealing his knowledge of Lancel's part in Robert's death. He asks Lancel if he was knighted before or after Cersei took him into her bed. Lancel is shocked, and when Tyrion bluffs that he will inform Joffrey that Lancel killed his father so he could bed his mother, Lancel's courage collapses. Lancel begs for mercy and Tyrion commands him to continue to serve his sister, but report all he sees and hears to him. Tyrion promises he will release Pycelle, and that Cersei can keep him as a pet or send him to the wall, but he is stripped of his position on the council and as Grand Maester. Tyrion warns Lancel that he wants no more nephews, so he should watch where his seed falls. Tyrion feels a little remorse for the way he and Cersei are using Lancel, musing that if Lancel doesn't die in the war, he will never survive Jaime's return to King's Landing, the only question being whether Jaime will kill Lancel in a jealous rage, or Cersei kill him to keep Jaime from finding out (he predicts it will be Cersei).
Later, as he rides for Chataya's brothel, Tyrion reflects on the Lords Arryn and Stark, and how their nobility led to their downfall at his sister’s hands. But Tyrion knows how to play her game and beat her. Later, with Shae, Tyrion feels like this is his place, holding all the power at court.
- Analyses and summary of the chapter in the course of a 10th reread by Slynt.
- Review and summary by Leigh Butler.
References and Notes
- The synopsis was copied from AOL member vbkorik27 previously at .