Here is one I'm always shocked no one mentions. I guess many people don't have a love for the classics outside Scifi and Fantasy.
"[Arya] wished the poacher hadn't died. He'd known more about the woods than all the rest of them together, but he'd taken an arrow through the shoulder... Tarber had packed it with mud and moss from the lake, and for a day or two Kurz swore the wound was nothing, even though the flesh of his throat was turning dark while angry red welts crept up his jaw and down his chest. Then one morning he couldn't find the strength to get up, and by the next he was dead" (p221 ACOK).
This is a good description of Mistah Kurz from Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." Both even die from arrow wounds, if I remember correctly. When I get around to finding my copy, I'll post the quote from that book, which resembles the sentence about Martin's Kurz's death.
Also, I'd like to point out there should be a distinction between parallels and allusions. An allusion is a direct reference to another work, while a parallel just points to where the author's original concept is from.
George Martin has professed his respect for Richard III, which can be seen in Tyrion (Shakespeare's creation) and Stannis (the historical figure). But neither characters are identical to their counterparts. They only parallel each other in many respects.
Edited by Artanaro, 22 November 2005 - 11:35 PM.