A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 43 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 43 Summary

Arya and the others return to the High Heart. There, the old dwarf woman greets Lord Beric as the Lord of Corpses. She is frightened by Arya, whom she calls "wolf child." The old woman hears the old gods through the weirwood stumps at the top of the hill. She tells them that Balon Greyjoy has died and that Catelyn has left Riverrun to attend a wedding. After, Arya talks to Edric Dayne (Ned), Beric's squire and the Lord of Starfall. He tells her that Jon Snow is his milk brother and that Snow's mother is Wylla, a milk nurse. He also tells her that his aunt Ashara Dayne fell in love with Ned Stark and threw herself out of a tower when he broke her heart. Arya takes offense on her father's behalf until Harwin tells her that they might have fallen in love during Lord Whent's tourney, which was before he was to marry Lady Catelyn. However, he thinks it more likely that Ashara Dayne killed herself in grief when her brother, Arthur Dayne, was killed. Thoros has a vision in the fire of Lannisters attacking Riverrun and the men worry over how they will ransom Arya. Arya, meanwhile, goes walking in the dark and is caught by Sandor Clegane.