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==References and Notes==
==References and Notes==
* [http://slynt.blogspot.com/2012/01/re-read-catelyn-vii-dungeons-daggers.html Analyses and summary of the chapter] in the course of a 10th reread by Slynt.
* The synopsis was copied from AOL member vbkorik27 previously at [http://web.archive.org/web/20080228051425/members.aol.com/vbkorik27/summary/legend.html].
* The synopsis was copied from AOL member vbkorik27 previously at [http://web.archive.org/web/20080228051425/members.aol.com/vbkorik27/summary/legend.html].

Revision as of 22:25, 25 January 2012

Catelyn VII
A Clash of Kings chapter
POV Catelyn
Page 572 UK HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Catelyn VI
Tyrion XII  ← Catelyn VII →  Theon V


Catelyn hears the celebration going on in Riverrun, but she sits alone and desolate over the loss of her two young sons. The raven had arrived that morning, and Catelyn was beside herself with grief. She tells Brienne that she sent the Kingslayer a bottle of wine to loosen his tongue. She means to question him, and is perhaps contemplating having the man killed since she has so little to live for anymore. At midnight, Catelyn goes to interrogate Jaime, and asks Brienne to wait outside. Jaime mocks her at first, but eventually agrees to answer her questions if she agrees to answer his. Jaime admits to being the father of all Cersei’s children, and to throwing Bran out the tower window. However, Jaime denies sending the assassin after Bran, saying, "if I wanted your Bran dead I would have slain him myself." Catelyn questions him about the dagger that Littlefinger claimed Tyrion had won from him. Jaime backs what Tyrion told her in the Mountains of the Moon, that he always bets on his brother and had lost at that tourney. Jaime admits that King Robert had mocked him with the dagger at the feast the night of the tourney, and Catelyn is dismayed that Littlefinger, who had been like a brother to her once, would deceive her the way he had.

Catelyn then reveals that Robb had recently taken the Crag from the Westerlings, and marched ever closer to Casterly Rock. Jaime then steers the conversation to what really happened to Brandon Stark and Lord Rickard at the hands of Mad King Aerys, perhaps to absolve himself of having slain the king. Brandon was on his way to Riverrun when he learned of Lyanna, and had gone to King's Landing. Rhaegar was not there to answer the challenge, and Aerys had Brandon and his men arrested. Aerys demanded the fathers of the men come to King’s Landing to stand trial. Both fathers and sons were slain at the command of King Aerys, with Brandon dying of strangulation trying to reach his father who was being burnt alive by Aerys's pyromancers. Jaime was a young member of the Kingsguard when he saw all this, and it was Ser Gerold Hightower who told him, "You swore a vow to guard the king, not to judge him." And Jaime admits that the White Bull was a better man than he. Jaime, now fully drunk, begins to mock Ned Stark’s honor, a man who fathered a bastard, but Catelyn has heard enough, and calls for Brienne’s sword.

References and Notes