Chapter 19 Summary
Jon is training in a courtyard beneath the Wall. He can defeat any one of the recruits that Ser Alliser Thorne, the master-at-arms, sends against him. Thorne mocks all of the recruits and refers to Jon as "Lord Snow." As Jon looks at the others around him, he finds that he despises the other recruits as well. No one but Tyrion Lannister told Jon the truth about life in the Night's Watch. Jon is alone. Benjen, the First Ranger, now spends his time with Lord Commander Mormont and Maester Aemon. Benjen had left on a ranging shortly after they returned to the Wall, and though Jon had asked to go with him, Benjen refused. Now he is missing. After training, Jon goes to the armory to put his armor and weapons away until Grenn and three other recruits interrupt and attack him. They only stop when Donal Noye, the Wall's one-armed blacksmith, arrives. Noye dismisses the boys and explains to Jon that the others hate him because he acts like he is better than they are. Jon, the only recruit who has been trained by a knight to fight with a sword, bullies them in the yard. Jon leaves the armory in a reflective mood and runs into Tyrion Lannister. They go to the common room to eat, but when he arrives he is told that the Lord Commander has asked after him. Jon goes to see the Lord Commander, the "Old Bear," Jeor Mormont, who passes Jon a message delivered by raven: Bran has woken up. Jon returns to the common room, ecstatic that his brother will live. When he sees another of the recruits, Grenn, Jon offers to show him how to defend himself with a sword.