John Ball, on 28 February 2012 - 08:48 PM, said:
...And why lie to Keven Lannister, a dead man?
"Aegon? Dead. He's dead."
"No. He is here."...
Why would he lie is an interesting question, but first is he telling the truth?
"He is here. Aegon has been shaped for rule since before he could walk. He has been trained in arms, as befits a knight to be, but that was not the end of his education. He reads and writes, he speaks several tongues, he has studied history and law and poetry. A septa has instructed him in the mysteries of the Faith since he was old enough to understand them. He has lived with fisherfolk, worked with his hands, swum in rivers and mended nets and learned to wash his own clothes at need. He can fish and cook and bind up a wound, he knows what it is like to be hungry, to be hunted, to be afraid. Tommen has been taught that kingship is his right. Aegon knows that kingship is his duty, that a king must put his people first, and live and rule for them."
Remembering what we see of Aegon in the Tyrion and Connington chapters and how Illyrio remembers him how much of this is true, how much is economical with the truth and how much is untrue? I'd say all of what he says is totally open to interpretation. Was the Septa really a septa, was Aegon really hungry in a more than 'how much longer 'till dinnertime' kind of way? Hunted? Maybe, as an exercise. The whole speech is built up of implication. What does can cook mean? That he is a salt of the earth, lived the life of the smallfolk, knows life from the ground up and inside out kind of kid, well that's what Kevan is meant to understand but on the other hand even Barristan admitts to being able to cook too, after a fashion, so why not Aegon? Anyway since when was cooking a key skill to enable you to master the iron throne?
From what we've seen would Aegon make a better king than Tommen? I think unless you are a big fan of beets, Tommen looks like one of the nicest potential kings you can imagine.
It's debatable as to why Varys lies to Kevan but I don't think he is telling him the plain, unvarnished, truth.