Chapter 59 Summary
Catelyn takes care not to reveal her feelings as she rides south along the Neck. She thinks about her ailing father, she worries over her brother, and she reminds herself that she is far from all of her children but Robb. She can do nothing for any of them but Robb, and so she tells herself to be strong like a Stark of Winterfell. Robb appears to be managing his lords, but now he will have to convince Lord Walder Frey to allow him through his castle and across the Green Fork of the Trident. Though Frey is a bannerman of Catelyn's father, she tells him that the Lord of the Crossing cannot be relied upon. Some men take their oaths more seriously than others. She explains the Walder Frey has "an old man's caution and a young man's ambition, and has never lacked for cunning." His castle is the only way to cross the river, and Catelyn points out that it gives Frey the advantage. When Ser Brynden arrives and announces that Edmure has been taken hostage, it only adds to Robb's need to cross the river. They arrive and find the Twins well armed and ready to defend against a siege. Ser Stevron Frey, who is at sixty years old Lord Walder's heir, arrives to welcome them. He invites Robb inside, but the men refuse. Catelyn volunteers, enters the castle and negotiates with Walder Frey, an old man who has twenty sons, thirty-six grandsons, and nineteen great-grandsons. Catelyn does not count the daughters, granddaughters, and bastards. The old man looks like a weasel as he turns the conversation toward negotiation. When Catelyn leaves the castle, she informs Robb that she will take two Freys as her wards, Robb will take Freys as his squires, and, finally, Robb will marry one of Frey's daughters or granddaughters. They then cross the river.