Chapter 32 Summary
Sansa worries when she sees the look on Sandor Clegane’s face. It is clear that she is in trouble, and she wonders if they have learned about her arrangement with Dontos. She does her best to make herself pretty and wears a gown that she knows Joffrey likes. She sees a dead cat, killed by a crossbow quarrel, when they reach Joffrey. Dontos, dressed as a fool astride a broom that doubles as his horse and armed with a mace with a melon on its end, quietly wishes her luck. When Sansa presents herself before Joffrey, he declares that Robb has attacked and defeated Ser Stafford’s army near Lannisport. It was a battle won by sorcery and wargs. He commands his Kingsguard to beat Sansa in front of the court, and Dontos tries to make Joffrey laugh by beating her with his melon. Joffrey does not laugh, has Dontos removed, and Sansa stripped as they beat her. No one in the court helps her until Tyrion arrives. Backed by Bronn and his clansmen, Tyrion warns Joffrey against acting so brutally before he leaves with Sansa to the Tower of the Hand. After, Tyrion informs Sansa that Robb did defeat Ser Stafford’s newly formed army, but it remains unlikely that he will defeat Lord Tywin. Although Sansa maintains that she loves Joffrey, Tyrion tells her that he intends to return her to Winterfell when the war is over. There is no reconciling the Starks and the Lannisters at this point. Sansa asks to be returned to Maegor’s Holdfast since she is afraid of staying in the tower where they killed her father. In truth, she wants to return to her old guards, who will allow her to pray in the godswood, where she meets Dontos.