A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Chapter 31 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 31 Summary

Melisandre makes sure that there is always a fire burning in her chambers to keep the terrors of the night at bay. She looks into her hearthfire for visions, but does not find any about Arya Stark. There is also nothing about Stannis, Azor Ahai reborn. She sees winged shapes, waves crashing on towers, and a white face with red eyes. She remembers the sound of a woman crying "Melony" and another voice saying "Lot Seven." When morning comes, she has Devan fetch her breakfast. She checks the sleeves of her dress. She is nearly out of the powders that she uses to manipulate fire, but fortunately her spells are more powerful at the Wall than they ever were in Asshai. She meets with Rattleshirt and asks him to consider journeying south in search of Arya Stark. Their conversation ends when a horn blows once. She knows that it will be news that three of the rangers have been killed, which means that Jon Snow will finally begin to trust in her counsel. She goes out to see them with Jon Snow and others. As she hoped, Jon walks with her afterward, though she finds it difficult to answer his questions. She does her best not to give away her uncertainty. She takes him to meet with Rattleshirt and shares her plan with the Lord Commander. Snow refuses to trust Rattleshirt, so she reveals that he is actually Mance Rayder disguised by a glamor. She tells him that Mance is a gift from the Lord of Light, and from her.