The wind attempting to remove Tyrion's clothing is also an active character and it is possibly the cumulative effect of these aspects of nature which are normally regarded as lifeless by southerners that he now has no wish to mock the Wall.
Alia, while I do agree that Sansa is set up from the very beginningas being more southron than the other children, less Stark-like as you aptly pointed out, I fail to see what difference would have been made by her telling the truth. She would still be the one who suffered as a consequence. Her parents have promised her to the Lannisters, and speaking from the point of view of someone who grew up in a society where marriages are still arranged, her 'required' loyalty is to her in-laws. She has been brought up the 'southron' way and after the initial sense of shock at her 'betrayal', I don't see how the ultimate disaster that befell the Starks could have been averted.
This brings us back full-circle to the mystical forces connected to the Old Gods that seem to have a hand in the events in Westeros. The direwolf and the stag that killed each other is an omen of that disaster and one could argue that even if Ned had refused to become Hand and leave the North, he could still have put the paths of the Starks on the road to disaster by his seemingly traitorous refusal. For I fully believe that the 'Mockingbird' would have manipulated events towards a confrontation which was partly the purpose of blaming the Lannisters of the murder of Jon Arryn.
No, that is very true, but I suppose that is the irony in the dual nature of Stark/wolfs blood/all-for-the-pack idenity; duty to be sure, (see Ned also), but stepping out of that box and putting it all on the line, think Brandon Sr. riding off ot KL, Lyanna beating off four attackers to defend a boy, and then later by association Arya defending Micah and even Jon speaking up when he shouldn't, (or some say he shouldn't).
There is inherent risk in speaking up and shaking up the status quo.
Some might say it's noble, and some may think it makes things worse.
Maybe both are true as we bear in mind what Hoster Tully said of Brandon- a gallant fool.
Ned however, is the dutiful son, even though as he says himself everything was meant for Brandon, and Cersei states it was Brandon who was born to lead while Ned was just a soldier.
Sansa is often the dutiful daughter doing what is expected of her, while Arya does what she wants, but as I noted in the "The Making of GOT," the woman who did the costumes deliberately made Sansa reflect something other than her idenity because thats how they interpreted it as well, and I think because she initially didn't appreciate her idenity, her gift of the gods was taken, and the connection lost. .
But, thats only what we know currently about Sansas arc as I think her journey to getting that idenity back, (which is a part of that arc), will prove that she may be just as ruthless as Arya in getting her home back and justice for her family, even if her methods are different.
Edited by Alia of the knife, 06 January 2013 - 05:29 PM.