ACOK Daenerys Chapter III
Analysis & Summary
Xaro gave Dany a collar with an enchanted amethyst that protects against poison because the Pureborn are famous for offering poisoned wine. Unfortunately, they haven't offered her anything at all.
They never saw me for a queen, she thought bitterly. I was only an afternoon's amusement, a horse girl with a curious pet.
She is wearing a Qartheen dress with one bared breast because the Enthroned won't take a Dothraki seriously. Notably, Xaro isn't Pureborn.
She comments that she gave a ton of gold in bribes and asks if she could send Jorah to demand the return of her gifts. Xaro disabuses her of the idea.
Merchant princes are divided into three factions: Guild of Spicers, Tourmaline Brotherhood, and the Thirteen. Xaro belongs to the Thirteen. Xaro has been providing her a lot of help and he is the one who got her the ogld, by ensuring that gawkers gave her gifts. She got saffron, lace, amber and dragon glace, etc, so some valuable gifts. Even zorses! And the dried corpse of someone's husband!
The Tourmaline Brotherhood pressed on her a crown wrought in the shape of a three-headed dragon; the coils were yellow gold, the wings silver, the heads carved from jade, ivory, and onyx.
The crown was the only offering she'd kept. The rest she sold, to gather the wealth she had wasted on the Pureborn. Xaro would have sold the crown too -- the Thirteen would see that she had a much finer one, he swore -- but Dany forbade it. "Viserys sold my mother's crown, and men called him a beggar. I shall keep this one, so men will call me a queen." And so she did, though the weight of it made her neck ache.
Yet even crowned, I am a beggar still, Dany thought. I have become the most splendid beggar in the world, but a beggar all the same.
Interesting (and accurate) thought processes here.
She thinks that part of her wants to go back to Vaes Tolorro and make the dead city bloom but that would be defeat. She comments that Lord Redwyne fought for her father and was one of the few to be remain true until the end. She wonders if he'll fight for her too, and realizes that there is no way to be sure after so long.
She asks Xaro for ships and he tells her to marry him and sail the ship of his heart. She thinks that she is amused by his flowery protestations of passion but he doesn't notice her bare breast (which Jorah ogles) and she saw lots of beautiful boys around him.
I like this line:
"I mean to sail to Westeros and drink the wine of vengeance from the skull of the Usurper."
She threatens to go to the rival guilds and then to the warlocks. Xaro is dismissive of the other guilds and concerned about those warlocks. He says that he gave her an army of knights in shining army (they were little decorations) and she responds that itis not the kind her enemies need to fear.
They stop to watch a firemage. Quaithe says:
"Half a year gone, that man could scarcely waken fire from dragonglass. He had some small skill with powders and wildfire, sufficient to entrance a crowd while his cutpurses did their work. He could walk across hot coals and make burning roses bloom in the air, but he could no more aspire to climb the fiery ladder than a common fisherman could hope to catch a kraken in his nets. And now his powers grow, Khaleesi. And you are the cause of it.
The dragons are bringing magic back into the world. And we are starting to see the changes.
She tells Dany:
"You must leave this city soon, Daenerys Targaryen, or you will never be permitted to leafve it at all."
"Where wouldyou have me go?"
"To go north, you must journey south. To reach the west,you must go east. To go forward you must go back and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow."
Dany asks what is in Asshai that she cannot find in Qarth and Quaithe tells her truth. I wonder what is meant by this... we've figured some of this out (Westeros is west, backwards is the Dothraki sea, etc.) but what is this truth? Is it possibly the truth about Aerys and her family? Or about the fall of Valyria? Or how dragons came to go extinct?
Dany thinks that the dragons are growing and already twice the size they were in Vaes Tolorro.But they must be trained or they will lay waste to her kingdom (hello, Tyrion!).
Jorah clues her in on Qartheen wedding customs and Xaro's scheme to get a dragon from her through marriage. He doesn't want to go to Asshai, but Dany says that she has friends in the Free cities who are truer than Xaro or the Pureborn.
"If you mean Illyrio Mopatis, I wonder. For sufficient gold, Illyrio would sell you as quickly as he would a slave."
"My brother and I were guests in Illyrio's manse for half a year. If he meant to sell us, he could have done it then."
"He did sell you. To Khal Drogo."
He goes on to ask what she truly knows of Illyrio and she responds that she knows he gave her the dragon eggs. He told her that if Illyrio knew they would hatch, he would have sat on them himself. She smiles and agrees with him.
Great lines here.
"Sellswords have their uses but you will not win your father's throne with sweepings form the Free Cities. Nothing knits a broken realm together so quick as an invading army on its soil."
"I am their rightful queen."
"You are a stranger who means to landon their shores with an army of outlanders who cannot even speak the Common Tongue. The lords of Westeros do not know you, and have every reason to fear and mistrust you. You must with them over beforeyou sail. A few at least.
She decides to go to Pyat Pree and the warlocks.
I really enjoyed this chapter. Dany is showing some good development and it is well written and fun to read. I like her sparring with Xaro and her attempts to take control of her future and get that throne. She's still woefully naive (see: Xaro's proposal of marriage) but growing up.
She shouldn't tease Jorah though, if she doesn't like him. But I notice that he talks down to her a lot here, which he shouldn't do either. At one point she wonders if he truly sees her as a queen (answer: no).
Sorry for being so late with this one, all. No excuse, I've just been lazy.