A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 1) Chapter 65 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 65 Summary

Arya can smell fresh bread in the Street of Flour. She keeps her eyes focused on the pigeon in front of her. When it takes flight, she bats it back to the ground with her wooden sword. Pigeons are easy to catch compared to cats and they provide good food. Arya can take it to a place in Flea Bottom where they make "brown," a broth whose ingredients depend upon what is available on any given day. For half a pigeon, they will serve a bowl of brown and crisp the other half. However, Arya does not like the way people look at her cloak and boots when she goes there. Since leaving the Red Keep, Arya has lost all but a few of her possessions. The City Watch has closed all but four of the gates. Two allow people in; two usher people out. All who pass through the gates are searched. Arya decides to see if she can find a way out of the city and hears a summoning bell. The smallfolk gather around the Great Sept of Baelor, where they see Eddard Stark, King Joffrey, and members of the Kingsguard and small council. Arya watches as her father declares himself a traitor. The High Septon announces that the gods are just but also merciful. Joffrey smiles as he announces that although his mother advised him that Eddard be allowed to join the Night's Watch, treason will never go unpunished during his reign. He summons Ser Ilyn Payne, the King's Justice. Arya draws Needle and tries to reach her father. She is grabbed from behind by Yorne of the Night's Watch. He calls her "boy," commands her not to watch what happens to her father, and draws a knife, which he places against the back of her neck. She feels her scalp tearing.