A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 51 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 51 Summary

Catelyn's is nearly deafened by the pounding of the drums and wailing of the pipes and flutes. Hard as she tries, she cannot make out the song they are playing. The food is not very impressive, though she notices that Robb eats it all without complaining. Robb also dances with each of Walder Frey's daughters, as the old man requests. Though the food is not very good, there is a lot of wine and ale and Robb's men and generals are drinking their fill. Roslin wears a smile, but it looks forced. Catelyn thinks it may be because she worries over the bedding, when all of the men and women in the hall will take the newly wed couple to bed, remove their clothes, and leave the couple to consummate the marriage. When the bedding begins, the hall quickly empties and bawdy jokes fill the air. When the hall is empty, Catelyn, Robb, Lord Walder, and a few drunk Freys remain. One woman asks Edwyn, a Frey, to dance, but he turns her down stiffly; Catelyn wonders why. Suddenly, she hears the players start "The Rains of Castamere," a song written about Lord Tywin Lannister's wrath. The song has no place in the hall. She turns to Robb and sees him shot with crossbow quarrels; some of the musicians, she sees, are now armed. His shouts are nevertheless drowned by the remaining musicians' music. She rushes to Robb, finds a dagger, and grabs Walder's son, Jinglebell. She threatens to kill Jinglebell if Walder does not release her son. Walder refuses her offer, and Catelyn kills Jinglebell. Armed men fight to finish off Robb's men. A man grabs Catelyn by the scalp and she feels his knife cut deep into her throat.