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Clash of Kings, Chapters 31-33

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Basel Gill

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Chapter 31 (Catelyn III):

Stannis and Renly meet the day before battle to have a little meeting, but they are both too stubborn. Neither one is willing to give up his claim. Cat is there to try and mediate, with hopes of getting them to join forces and accept the Lannisters as the greater enemy. It's at this point that she first learns of Joff's true parentage, since she hasn't seen or heard of Stannis's letter while she's been on the road. Renly enjoys a nice, juicy peach.The whole meeting is a failure, and Renly returns to his camp with Cat. Renly orders that battle will be joined the next day. Cat wants to go back to Riverrun now, but Renly refuses to let her till the battle is done. Brienne wants to be by his side in the battle, but he sends her to fight with Loras. She then asks to at least help with his armor before the fight, and Cat figures out that she is totally besotted with him. Cat then asks to at least be allowed to go and pray at the nearest sept in a village close by, and Renly allows this much. He then asks Loras to stay and help him "pray". So that's what they called it in medieval times. I think that if Brienne has a crush on Renly, she is going to be sorely disappointed. You can't much more hopeless than being in love with someone who isn't even interested in your gender. And then there's the little issue that Renly has a wife already. Renly tells Stannis that he will have Margaery with child within a year. I wonder how serious Renly is about his "royal duty". One thing that struck me about this chapter was that when telling Cat about Joff, Stannis mentions how he developed suspicions and took them to Arryn. Odd... I'd always figured Arryn took what he'd found and alerted Stannis, not the other way around. Not that it matters, since Arryn died and Joff took the throne anyway. But it was still pretty stunning for me.

 

Chapter 32 (Sansa III): Well, since Cat and Robb have been separated by a goodly distance, and Theon is no longer part of Robb's army, we aren't going to see what's going on with Robb's fight ourselves for a while. So we have to hear of the latest Stark battle secondhand through Sansa's ears. Joff is mad about the beating Ser Stafford's army has taken, including Stafford's death. He has a pretty strange idea of how the battle went, though, saying Robb hit them with a whole army of warg direwolves.(I'm guessing wargs are along the lines of what Bran has been doing with Summer in his dreams.) So Joff decides Sansa must have a beating in exchange as punishment for her brother's victory. Oh yeah, Joff is scum. Good thing Tyrion shows up to stop it before it gets really bad. Sansa could have been hurt a lot worse if he hadn't come in right then. Tyrion has his men bring her to the Tower of the Hand and clean her up, and then give her a potion to sleep. In Arya's old bedroom, by coincidence. Afterwards he tells her a truer-sounding story of the battle, and offers to keep her here for her safety. She decides she'd rather have the chance at escape with Dontos, and asks to return to her old chambers. Oh yeah, Joff is scum.

 

Chapter 33 (Catelyn IV): So Cat goes to pray, and reflects on Stannis's claim about Joff. It makes sense to her, and she figures this is why Bran was pushed out a window. She returns to Renly's tent, where he is consulting with his lords while Brienne is dressing him in armor. They want him to attack right away, but Renly wants to wait till dawn, being honorable because it was the chosen hour. Never mind he would have his forces, those he brought with him, heading into the sunrise. Renly isn't much of a strategist. Renly orders that is Barristan is fighting alongside Stannis, to allow him to live. Except he isn't with Stannis either, we know this from Davos's chapters. Whenever Barristan shows up, he has some explaining to do as to what he's been up to all this time. None of Renly's orders matter, though, cause a gust of wind blows the door open... and a shadow walks in without an owner. Cat thinks it's Renly's shadow at first, but by the time she figures it out, it's too late. The shadow drives a shadow sword into Renly's neck (through his armor) and kills him. Brienne screams, and two of the Guard burst in and assume she did it. Cat has to plead for her life, and gets her away, sure that Stannis is somehow responsible. The Stark party flees, knowing that Renly's forces will go over to Stannis. So much for Renly having the bigger army.

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Renly enjoys a nice, juicy peach.

 

I really love that scene. (High hopes for it to be shown on-screen in HBO's season 2!)

 

One thing that struck me about this chapter was that when telling Cat about Joff, Stannis mentions how he developed suspicions and took them to Arryn. Odd... I'd always figured Arryn took what he'd found and alerted Stannis, not the other way around.

 

Indeed, most people assume that Jon Arryn got suspicious and told Stannis... but it's quite interesting that Stannis was actually the one to figure it first, and got Jon Arryn to investigate and prepare the case to present to Robert because he figured it'd look self-serving for him to bring it up.

 

(I'm guessing wargs are along the lines of what Bran has been doing with Summer in his dreams.)

 

Indeed!

 

So Cat goes to pray,

 

I really love how Martin has sprinkled in bits and pieces of different religions in this series - especially this scene with Catelyn in the sept, it gives so much richness to the world. I miss that in Wheel of Time, to be honest.

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The variety in belief systems wasn't something I'd noticed to be missing in WoT till after I began ASOIAF. In WoT, the whole continent is under one religion, with the only differences being more parallel to different denominations than different faiths altogether. The Children of the Light don't see eye to eye with the Aes Sedai (or with a lot of others), but they all worship the Creator and oppose the Dark One. Except for the Darkfriends, who I suppose are parallel to Satanists.When I got to reading AGOT, the multiple faiths leapt out at me.

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