A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) Chapter 14 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 14 Summary

Catelyn has sat in Bran's sickroom since Ned and the girls left eight days ago. Now, Maester Luwin interrupts her, asking to review Winterfell's figures. Because Ned has taken most of the stewards, there are appointments to make. Catelyn refuses to make the appointments. Robb enters and volunteers to make the appointments himself, but he admits after Luwin leaves that he needs Catelyn's help. He has never taken on so much responsibility before. When Robb moves to open the window, Catelyn tells him that Bran needs to stay warm. Robb replies that Bran needs to hear the sound of the direwolves howling, but Catelyn hates their noise. From the window, he sees that the library is on fire and leaves. Catelyn goes to the window, but when she turns around she sees a man has entered. He states that she should not be there and then attacks her with a knife. He overpowers her, but is then tackled and killed by Bran's direwolf. Catelyn's hands are cut in the exchange and Luwin tends to her. She sleeps for four days and she awakes determined to act. She, Robb, Theon, Luwin, and Ser Rodrik Cassel, Winterfell's Master-at-Arms, reason that Bran was attacked so that he could not speak. Catelyn further reasons that Jaime Lannister, who did not participate in the hunt on the day of Bran's fall, must have thrown him. The intruder used a Valyrian steel blade, and Catelyn decides to travel south to inform Ned. Arguing that she can travel faster and more covertly in a small party, she and Ser Rodrik leave to travel to King's Landing.