A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 30 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 30 Summary

Arya thinks she has become a mouse as she scrubs the floors and does other jobs for Weese. Weese is a cruel master, and it does not take long before Arya adds Weese’s name to her daily prayer of people she wants dead. Hot Pie ends up in the kitchens and Gendry is sent to the forge, where they work well and live more comfortably. The servants often gossip about the lords that ride in and out from Harrenhal now that Lord Tywin has moved in. When Lady Whent had ruled in Harrenhal for Lord Tully, she had only maintained the lower floors of the gigantic castle. Now, Lord Tywin orders that they all be restored, and the servants worry over the ghosts they will find in the haunted castle. There is word that Beric Dondarrion has been killed, again, but everyone thinks he will return again. Ser Gregor has left the Harrenhal, but Vargo Hoat and his Brave Companions, known as the Bloody Mummers to everyone else, enter the castle. Ser Amory Lorch also returns. Arya wonders how many monsters Lord Tywin commands until she notices Rorge, Biter, and Jaqen H’ghar with them. That night, Jaqen wakes Arya in her sleep and tells her that he owes her three lives as only death can pay for life and Arya took three lives from the red god when she saved them. Arya at first believes that she must look a man in the face before killing him, as her father always said to do. However, when Ser Gregor returns with his men, Weese sends her to them to ask if their clothes need repair. She listens as Chiswyck tells a story about when Ser Gregor raped an innkeeper’s daughter. After, all of the other men raped her as well. Chiswyck and the others burst out laughing. The next time she sees Jaqen, she whispers Chiswyck’s name. Three days later, the list of people Arya prays will die becomes one name shorter. She thinks of herself as the ghost of Harrenhal.