The most recent example for me was reading a Daenerys chapter in ADWD, where Ser Barristan is telling Dany about the Targaryens he's known, and she asks who her parents might have married had they not been destined to marry each other. To my great astonishment, Ser Selmy tells Dany Queen Rhaella had been named the Queen of Love and Beauty by a knight at a tournament, and from the description it could only have been Ser Bonifer Hasty.
I previously had seen Jaime's thoughts about Ser Bonifer at Harrenhall where he thinks about the stories he's heard about Ser Bonifer, how he had been a good knight in his youth but had put aside tournaments and jousting because of some event that happened in his past. The fact his heart was broken because Rhaella married her brother was the last thing I ever expected, and because it came out of the blue like it did I found it very affecting.
There are many touching scenes GRRM slips in, some big, some small like that one. Another scene that brought a tear to my eye was the conversation between Jon Snow and Ygritte as she dies in his arms.
What scene did you find caught you in the throat?
Edited by Fragile Bird, 06 March 2012 - 06:40 PM.