I'm working on an indepth reread of this chapter, which is usually regarded as "Brienne's meaningless travelogue" but we of course know better!
To refresh your memory, here's a quick synopsis. Brienne and Pod head to Maidenpool in their search for Sansa. The come across a farmer and his wife, who are delivering eggs for the wedding feast of 8-10 year old Dickon Tarly and his 13 year old Mooton Bride. Brienne saves the wife from getting raped. They meet up with Randyll, who is busily handing out punishments that range from hanging to chopping off fingers. Brienne ends up at the Stinking Goose and meets Nimble Dick Crabb, who informs he helped a fool (and two girls who he never sees) find passage across the narrow sea, and he agrees to take Brienne to The Whispers. Which is so named because a woods witch breathed life back into the decapitated heads and they would whisper.
"Whenever Ser Clarence killed a man, he'd fetch his head back home and his wife would kiss it on the lips and bring it back t' life. Lords, they were, and wizards, and famous knights and pirates."
Will add more as I get into it, but why is Randyll marrying off his son so young? And it seems expected they'll consummate the marriage.
"Mooton's daughter, she's a maid," the man went on. "Till the bedding, anyways. These eggs, they're for her wedding. Her and Tarly's son. The cooks will need eggs for cakes."
Post by Maester Flagons on Apr 12, 2016 1:02:42 GMT
I reread this chapter and the next Brienne chapter last week. I was mostly looking for the tales of Ser Crabb and the Whispers.
While reading, Hyle Hunt began to interest me too, but I think he will play out the political side, the game, in the future story. His house as a vassal to the Tarly house and the house banner, a deer bound on a pole caught my eye, but I haven't found anything for it other than the thin connection to the Stag of the Stormlands. What also cathces my eye is that directly after Brienne's chapter, Sam's chapter begins with a flashback to his days on Horn Hill when he is subjected to a swimming lesson and Hyle Hunt had to pull him out of the water. So why did this guy, Hyle, become semi-important?
We kiss on the mouth but still cough down our sleeves