A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 39 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 39 Summary

Arya is not allowed to participate in the attack, but Gendry is not allowed either so she does not mind that much. Lord Beric and his band of outlaws kill several Brave Companions and capture Septon Utt, a man that keeps killing the "sweet boys" he takes. Afterward, Beric explains that he has been killed six times and that he can no longer remember how to find his castle in the Marches. Gendry announces that he wants to smith for the outlaws. Beric accepts him and knights him. The Hound arrives, having found them by the smoke of their fire. He explains that they took all of his money and he wants it back. Beric is unable to return the money since he has already given it to his smallfolk to buy food. The Hound calls them thieves and leaves again. Thoros thinks that the Hound had relied upon that money because he cannot go to the Lannisters and the Starks now. When Arya goes to bed, she recites her litany of enemies, but worries that she can no longer remember the faces of Raff and Dunsen and Polliver. Even the Tickler's face is vague. The next morning, Gendry apologizes for leaving her to join Lord Beric's outlaws, but Arya tells him that it does not matter: she will go to his brother and he will eventually be hanged as an outlaw. Inside, however, she thinks that he could have become a smith at Riverrun.