A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 29 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 29 Summary

Arya has not seen a town as big as Stoney Sept since she left King's Landing. Harwin tells her that her father, Lord Eddard, once won a battle in Stoney Sept. It was during the rebellion where Robert was wounded and Lord Connington, the Hand of the King, was searching every house in the village. The village rang its bells when the battle began and Robert came out to fight. Lord Connington fled and now the battle is remembered as the Battle of the Bells. They enter the village and find men in cages, Robb's men. They were caught by the Mad Huntsman and caged as punishment for raping and pillaging. Arya brings the men water but Anguy mercifully kills the men because Lord Beric believes in a straightforward hanging. They stay at a brothel where a girl introduces herself to Gendry, explaining that her father was the king and that her mother was King Robert's favorite while he was in Stoney Sept. She is Bella, named for the Battle of the Bells. Arya looks at her black hair and thinks that she looks like Gendry. That night, Arya says her prayer: "Queen Cersei, King Joffrey, Ser Ilyn, Ser Meryn. Dunsen, Raff, and Polliver. The Tickler, the Hound, and Ser Gregor the Mountain." She wonders if any are dead yet. The next morning, Arya learns that the Mad Huntsman has returned, and he has brought a new man to put in the cages. Arya looks at the prisoner and thinks that the gods have heard her prayers.