A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 18 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 18 Summary

Sansa has received a note that instructs her to go to the godswood if she wants to return home. She wonders if it might be a trap to test her loyalty to Joffrey. Sansa is given new maids every two weeks so that they cannot befriend her. She knows that Varys and the queen both watch her. She requests a fire and burns the note. That night, she goes to the godswood. There she finds Ser Dontos, who claims to have had only one cup of wine for courage. Sansa is disappointed that he is the one the gods have sent until he reminds her of the stories about Florian the Fool, the greatest knight of them all. Florian saved Jonquil, Sansa recalls. Excited by the similarity, she accepts Ser Dontos and kisses him on the cheek. In her rush back to Maegor's Holdfast, she runs into Sandor Clegane, the Hound. He is drunk and explains that his grandfather saved Tytos Lannister from a lion's attack thanks to his hounds, which is why the sigil of the Cleganes is three dogs. For this, the kennelmaster was rewarded. Dogs are better than knights, Sandor explains, because they do not lie. Everyone in the castle is a liar, and all of them lie better than Sansa.