A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) Chapter 22 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 22 Summary

Arya continues to pray for her enemies' death. When the Kindly Man asks her whose names she recites, Arya says that she does not whisper names. The Kindly Man knows that she lies and makes her explain that they are people that she hates and that she wants to see dead. The Kindly Man explains that if she is to serve the Many-Faced-God, she must give up all of her self. Arya of House Stark might have enemies, but servants of the Many-Faced-God do not get to choose who lives and who dies. Arya refuses to leave the House of Black and White, though she is forced to give up all of her possessions in order to stay. She throws everything into the waters of Braavos, except for Needle, which she hides outside the House of Black and White. When she returns, the Kindly Man explains that though the Faceless Men have found a home in Braavos their order first began in Valyria. Slaves were sent deeper and deeper into the fiery mountain, and the first Faceless Man ended their lives when he heard them crying for an end to pain and torment. Arya suggests that he should have killed the masters, and the Kindly Man answers that he did later. Arya begins training herself to lie with the waif, another servant of the Many-Faced-God. Arya is not a very good liar, and she is even worse at speaking Braavosi. However, she eventually learns enough words to communicate and is sent out into the city to sell cockles, mussels, and clams for Brusco. She becomes Cat, a girl from King's Landing, and goes out into the city, reciting the names of her enemies.