A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Chapter 37 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 37 Summary

The Prince of Winterfell, Theon Greyjoy, escorts brown eyed Jeyne Poole to her wedding. She tells Theon to take her away and she will be whatever he wants her to be. Theon refuses. The lords of the north have come to Winterfell to see Arya Stark wed Ramsay Bolton. When the wedding finishes, Ramsay is the Prince of Winterfell. Theon walks around the ruined castle. He remembers when he was the prince of Winterfell, though now men only remember him as Theon Turncloak. Abel, who claims to be a bard, plays and sings for the guests. Theon remembers that he arrived with six women. During the feast, Theon sits with Lady Dustin, who tells Theon that Roose Bolton only sees men as playthings. She predicts that Roose will defeat Stannis and Lord Manderly with ease, though Theon is not as sure. When she spots three maesters, she refers to them as gray rats that slowly come to rule their lords, and she thinks they arranged Ned Stark's marriage to Catelyn Tully. The feast ends when word arrives that Stannis is marching on Winterfell. Roose and the other men leave the feast, but Ramsay summons Theon to attend to him and his bride. Alone, Ramsay gives Theon a dagger and orders him cut off Lady Arya's clothes. Theon considers attacking Reek, but does not. When she is naked, Ramsay commands him to perform oral sex on her so that Ramsay can consummate the marriage. Theon sheathes his dagger and Reek obeys.