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  1. A skill in cooking is not something expected in a book series focused on characters of the nobility, despite the big focus on food, but there are still a couple characters who we see cook (excluding the servants and professional cooks): Arya There was a big kitchen inside the holdfast, though all the pots and kettles had been taken. Gendry, Dobber, and Arya drew cook duty. Dobber told Arya to pluck the fowl while Gendry split wood. “Why can’t I split the wood?” she asked, but no one listened. Sullenly, she set to plucking a chicken while Yoren sat on the end of the bench sharpening the edge of his dirk with a whetstone. -ACOK, Arya IV Hot Pie was stirring the kettles with a long wooden spoon when Arya returned to the kitchens. She grabbed up a second spoon and started to help. For a moment she thought maybe she should tell him, but then she remembered the village and decided not to. He’d only yield again. -ACOK, Arya IX She got along well enough with the cook. Umma would slap a knife into her hand and point at an onion, and Arya would chop it. Umma would shove her toward a mound of dough, and Arya would knead it until the cook said stop (stop was the first Braavosi word she learned). Umma would hand her a fish, and Arya would bone it and fillet it and roll it in the nuts the cook was crushing. -AFFC, Arya II Some days she still helped Umma cook, chopping big white mushrooms and boning fish. -AFFC, Cat of the Canals Without eyes, even the simplest task was perilous. She burned herself a dozen times as she worked with Umma in the kitchens. Once, chopping onions, she cut her finger down to the bone. -ADWD, The Blind Girl And according to a SSM, she would enjoy making cheese: [Are highborn ladies trained to a lot of practical things, like serving guests, making cheese, and so on?]H Sansa is more than just a young lady. She’s the daughter, not just of a noble, but of one of the most powerful nobles in Westeros. The great houses stand far above the lesser nobles, as the lesser nobles do above the smallfolk. She would not make cheese, no. But Arya might think it would be fun. -GRRM, (x) Bran Jojen sent Hodor out for wood and built them a small fire while Bran and Meera were cleaning the fish and frogs. They used Meera's helm for a cooking pot, chopping up the catch into little cubes and tossing in some water and some wild onions Hodor had found to make a froggy stew. It wasn't as good as deer, but it wasn't bad either, Bran decided as he ate. "Thank you, Meera," he said. "My lady." -Bran I, ASOS Brienne The homely young woman had kept to herself all through their journey, spending most of her time with the horses, brushing out their coats and pulling stones from their shoes. She had helped Shadd cook and clean game as well, and soon proved that she could hunt as well as any. Any task Catelyn asked her to turn her hand to, Brienne had performed deftly and without complaint, and when she was spoken to she answered politely, but she never chattered, nor wept, nor laughed. -Catelyn V, ACOK Jon Jon spitted the carcass, banked the fire with a pair of rocks, and balanced their meal atop them. The rabbit had been a scrawny thing, but as it cooked it smelled like a king's feast. Other rangers gave them envious looks. Even Ghost looked up hungrily, flames shining in his red eyes as he sniffed. "You had yours before," Jon reminded him. -Jon III, ACOK Meera Jojen sent Hodor out for wood and built them a small fire while Bran and Meera were cleaning the fish and frogs. They used Meera's helm for a cooking pot, chopping up the catch into little cubes and tossing in some water and some wild onions Hodor had found to make a froggy stew. It wasn't as good as deer, but it wasn't bad either, Bran decided as he ate. "Thank you, Meera," he said. "My lady." -Bran I, ASOS Meera Reed was turning a chunk of raw red flesh above the flames, letting it char and spit. (...) Meera turned the meat to cook the other side. -Bran I, ADWD Sam If truth be told, Sam was so fumble-fingered that he doubted he was even doing the work of one good man, but he did try. He scrubbed decks and rubbed them smooth with stones, he hauled on anchor chains, he coiled rope and hunted rats, he sewed up torn sails, patched leaks with bubbling hot tar, boned fish and chopped fruit for the cook. -Samwell IV, AFFC Any characters I missed? Are there any characters you're surprised are able to cook? Any character you think should have been able to do so? Or some where it's implied they're able, but that we don't see them do it? Will this skill become useful for these characters in the winter just around the corner? For some other plot? Or is it a skill simply added for variety, without any significance?
  2. And she did ask Ned in AGOT "Can I be a king's councillor and build castles and become the High Septon?", so she's open for a role with responsibilities and duties. It seems to me that her issue with being a Lady is the expectation of being hyper feminine, and lacking any choice in her own future. If she got to remain herself, and be able to choose herself whether or not to marry, I think she'd be more accepting of being a Lady. And luckily, one of the few good things an apocalypse might bring is the breaking, or at least relaxation, of mores:) So true! That scene where she gives those men one small mercy before their death is just so well written, and truly shows Arya's (extraordinary) empathy. Those Godswood chapters at Harrenhal are just *chef kiss*, so much happens! The Arya-Gendry and Arya-GOHH height comparisons kinda cancel each other out, so I've personally decided to take neither of them literally. Which is annoying:/
  3. Definitely! That she is able to go on, despite all the horrors she experience and witness, and still has a kind heart to the innocent (like feeding Sam in Braavos) is what makes her my favourite character. She is very inspiring. Thank you for bringing the Gendry quote up, it had completely slipped my mind. That muddles it, since both height comparisons can't be correct at once. Aaah, why would GRRM bring in measurements if they don't matter We know Arya fits the clothes of a 7 year old child at 10, and is mistaken to be two years younger than she is (by the Hound, who did spend years guarding a child, and witnessed Joffrey and his siblings grow up). So I think that means she is small for a 10 year old. And thank you so much for the statistics and facts, that's really interesting! I do think Arya will keep growing, and that she will at least reach 5ft/152cm (and that's the 10th percentile for adult women, right?). The fact her being small makes her not much of a fighter is kind of what made me create this thread. I've seen several people thinking her story won't amount to anything than being a warrior, that she's the brawn to Sansa's brain, that her story will end with her being a Kingsguard/Queensguard, that she will fulfil her "dream" of becoming a knight (she never even wanted to be a knight, that was Bran) etc etc. And I don't understand that at all, she's small and skinny, not much of a physical fighter. As you said she's gotten by on surprise and luck (as well as quick thinking), not brute strength. In Braavos they've mostly trained her mind (languages, acting, poison and potions, information gathering, lying and hearing lies), not fighting skills. So, I really don't believe her role in the story will be as a warrior or guard, I think instead she will use her magic to help in the war of the dawn (the wolfpack is a confirmed Chekov's gun after all), and then later on, be in a position that will help the smallfolk with everything she's learnt (maybe as Master of Whisperers for King Bran of the North? Or a completely new position, so all of her skills can be used to the best effect, who knows).
  4. I always feel so so sad for her when reading her chapters Sorry for misreading your post, but I still don't want this to end up another "Arya is going to die" thread, I'm weary of those. Because I believe Arya ending up dead, and briefly warging Nymeria postmortem, would not be a triumphant ending, it would not even be a bittersweet ending, it would be miserable. "They say you forget," Haggon had told him, a few weeks before his own death. "When the man's flesh dies, his spirit lives on inside the beast, but every day his memory fades, and the beast becomes a little less a warg, a little more a wolf, until nothing of the man is left and only the beast remains." I'm also not of the belief that Arya needs a redemption arc, she's not evil or cruel at heart, she's just had a rotten luck with "caretakers". And as both Bran and Sansa also has bad mentors, I think breaking free of their influences is something the plots of the Stark children will have in common. But that's all off-topic, sorry. Yeah, Arya being gymnastic I something I've noticed too! On the way back to his chambers, he came upon his daughter Arya on the winding steps of the Tower of the Hand, windmilling her arms as she struggled to balance on one leg. The rough stone had scuffed her bare feet. Ned stopped and looked at her. "Arya, what are you doing?" "Syrio says a water dancer can stand on one toe for hours." Her hands flailed at the air to steady herself. Ned had to smile. "Which toe?" he teased. "Any toe," Arya said, exasperated with the question. She hopped from her right leg to her left, swaying dangerously before she regained her balance. -Eddard V, AGOT Arya sprang back to her feet. She saw a window above her, high and narrow, scarcely more than an arrow slit. Arya leapt, caught the sill, pulled herself up. She held her breath as she wriggled through. Slippery as an eel. Dropping to the floor in front of a startled scrubwoman, she hopped up, brushed the rushes off her clothes, and was off again, out the door and along a long hall, down a stair, across a hidden courtyard, around a corner and over a wall and through a low narrow window into a pitch-dark cellar. -Arya III, AGOT Arya hopped from the high branch to one beneath it, her hands out for balance. A water dancer never falls. Lightfoot, her toes curled tight around the branch, she walked a few feet, hopped down to a larger limb, then swung hand over hand through the tangle of leaves until she reached the trunk. The bark was rough beneath her fingers, against her toes. She descended quickly, jumping down the final six feet, rolling when she landed. -Arya V, ACOK Whenever she had a free hour she stole away to work at the drills Syrio had taught her, moving barefoot over the fallen leaves, slashing at branches and whacking down leaves. Sometimes she even climbed the trees and danced among the upper branches, her toes gripping the limbs as she moved back and forth, teetering a little less every day as her balance returned to her. Night was the best time; no one ever bothered her at night. -Arya IX, ACOK The bars were too narrow to pass a cup through, but Harwin and Gendry offered her a leg up. She planted a foot in Harwin's cupped hands, vaulted onto Gendry's shoulders, and grabbed the bars on top of the cage. -Arya V, ASOS Cat of the Canals had known these alleys, and the ugly girl remembered. She darted left, vaulted a low wall, leapt across a small canal, and slipped through an unlocked door into some dusty storeroom. -The Ugly Little Girl, ADWD She did eat daily meals at Harrenhal, but not filling meals considering the hard labour she had to do. At first it doesn't sound so bad: The work was hard, but no harder than walking miles every day. Weasel did not need to find worms and bugs to eat, as Arry had; there was bread every day, and barley stews with bits of carrot and turnip, and once a fortnight even a bite of meat. -Arya VII, ACOK but then we learn what's actually meant by barley "stew" and daily bread Supper that evening was a thin stew of barley, onion, and carrots, with a wedge of stale brown bread. -Arya VIII, ACOK She had some practice She vaulted off her own donkey and poked him in the gut as he tried to get up and he sat back down with a grunt. Then she whacked him across the face and his nose made a crack like a branch breaking. Blood dribbled from his nostrils. -Arya I, ACOK It's even brought back up when she broke Lem's, and I like how she apologizes months after the incident, she's sweet "I'm sorry I beat you that time," she said. Hot Pie was stupid and craven, but he'd been with her all the way from King's Landing and she'd gotten used to him. "I broke your nose." "You broke Lem's too." Hot Pie grinned. "That was good." -Arya III, ASOS
  5. Arya and Meera do already have several similarities in canon, so I agree that this can be another one:) I don't understand the rough like a wildling part? I do think she fits the "warrior princess" more than the "willowy creature who sits up in a tower, brushing her hair and waiting for some knight to rescue her". So if that's sort of what you mean, I agree. Really? We could not have a singly thread about Arya without theories about her dying? I'd like this to not end up another Arya hate thread please, there's already so many of them for you to choose from.
  6. Interesting! What do you think it means? Just a coincidence, or something more? I'm confused where you're going with this, why bring something as subjective as beauty into the conversation about stature? Also, I understand forgetting things from the books, they're big, and there's stuff I've completely forgotten too:) So, not that it matters, considering Arya is still a child, but she is already canonically beautiful. "You believe this is the only place for you." It was as if he'd heard her thoughts. "You are wrong in that. You would find softer service in the household of some merchant. Or would you sooner be a courtesan, and have songs sung of your beauty? Speak the word, and we will send you to the Black Pearl or the Daughter of the Dusk. You will sleep on rose petals and wear silken skirts that rustle when you walk, and great lords will beggar themselves for your maiden's blood. Or if it is marriage and children you desire, tell me, and we shall find a husband for you. Some honest apprentice boy, a rich old man, a seafarer, whatever you desire." -Arya II, AFFC They brought a robe for her as well, the soft thick robe of an acolyte, black upon one side and white upon the other. "Wear this when you are here," the priest said, "but know that you shall have little need of it for the present. On the morrow you will go to Izembaro to begin your first apprenticeship. Take what clothes you will from the vaults below. The city watch is looking for a certain ugly girl, known to frequent the Purple Harbor, so best you have a new face as well." He cupped her chin, turned her head this way and that, nodded. "A pretty one this time, I think. As pretty as your own. Who are you, child?" "No one," she replied. -The Ugly Little Girl, ADWD I think she'll end up considered a wild beauty, like her aunt Lyanna. They already look alike as children, so I don't think that's a leap. As for Dany, I really enjoy that the character who is the most beautiful girl in the books, is not what you'd expect from that title. Dany is small, skinny, she does not have much curves, and she has short hair. Still, very beautiful, but I imagine her looking more like Tamzin than Emilia.
  7. That's not something I've ever considered. I've found a lot of similarities between the two of them, both in looks, personality, plot, even wording in their chapters, but that's not one. I'd like to hear your thoughts:) True. Jon's not the tallest, he had to wear Longclaw over his shoulder, instead of his hip, and he (and Robb) was shorter than 12yo Joffrey, but he's still growing, so not the best example. Ned was shorter than Brandon, but that's not saying much. The mystery knight, if that was Lyanna, was short of stature, but short for a grown man, could be tall for a 14yo girl. And none of them were ever starving and struggling in their childhood like Arya had to , so I'll guess we just have to wait and see. It's a fun and harmless topic to think about and discuss though:)
  8. Good point, though she did only pass for a boy for a little while, by ASOS she was recognized as a girl, even with short hair and wearing boy clothes. Dany is short and skinny as well, so I don't think it's a coincidence our two heroines are tiny girls with these huge, monstrous beasts bonded to them. It's a good image, because small girls are thought to be harmless and innocent, but here they are, anything but that
  9. Height We don’t know a lot about Arya’s height, but we do learn in ASOS that she’s small for her age at around 4 feet tall, and that she’s growing while in Braavos. Beside the embers of their campfire, she saw Tom, Lem, and Greenbeard talking to a tiny little woman, a foot shorter than Arya and older than Old Nan, all stooped and wrinkled and leaning on a gnarled black cane. -Arya IV, ASOS Ned, Gendry, and many of the others were fast asleep when Arya spied the small pale shape creeping behind the horses, thin white hair flying wild as she leaned upon a gnarled cane. The woman could not have been more than three feet tall. The firelight made her eyes gleam as red as the eyes of Jon’s wolf. He was a ghost too. Arya stole closer, and knelt to watch. Arya VIII, ASOS Skinny as they were, her legs were strong and springy and growing longer every day. She was glad of that. A water dancer needs good legs. Blind Beth was no water dancer, but she would not be Beth forever. -The Blind Virl, ADWD Build Arya being skinny is mentioned quite often, here’s a few of them: Jon looked her over with all his fourteen-year-old wisdom. “You’re too skinny,” he said. He took her arm to feel her muscle. Then he sighed and shook his head. “I doubt you could even lift a longsword, little sister, never mind swing one.” -Arya I, AGOT And Arya … he missed her even more than Robb, skinny little thing that she was, all scraped knees and tangled hair and torn clothes, so fierce and willful. Arya never seemed to fit, no more than he had … yet she could always make Jon smile. He would give anything to be with her now, to muss up her hair once more and watch her make a face, to hear her finish a sentence with him. -Jon III, AGOT Arya took her right hand off the grip and wiped her sweaty palm on her pants. She held the sword in her left hand. He seemed to approve. “The left is good. All is reversed, it will make your enemies more awkward. Now you are standing wrong. Turn your body sideface, yes, so. You are skinny as the shaft of a spear, do you know. That is good too, the target is smaller. Now the grip. Let me see.” -Arya II, AGOT Elmar’s eyes got as big as boiled eggs. Leeches terrified him, especially the big pale ones that looked like jelly until they filled up with blood. “I forgot, you’re too skinny to push such a heavy barrel.” -Arya X, ACOK She should be more frightened herself, she knew. She was only ten, a skinny girl on a stolen horse with a dark forest ahead of her and men behind who would gladly cut off her feet. Yet somehow she felt calmer than she ever had in Harrenhal. -Arya I, ASOS “He is not a lord,” a child’s voice put in. “He’s in the Night’s Watch, stupid. From Westeros.” A girl edged into the light, pushing a barrow full of seaweed; a scruffy, skinny creature in big boots, with ragged unwashed hair. -Samwell III, AFFC Arya Underfoot, he almost said. Arya Horseface. Robb’s younger sister, brown-haired, long-faced, skinny as a stick, always dirty. -Reek I, ADWD Other size mentions She heard shouts, then pounding footsteps, closing behind her. She dropped and rolled. The red cloak went careening past her, stumbling. Arya sprang back to her feet. She saw a window above her, high and narrow, scarcely more than an arrow slit. Arya leapt, caught the sill, pulled herself up. She held her breath as she wriggled through. -Arya III, AGOT She scrambled up onto the catwalk. The parapets were a bit too high and Arya a bit too short; she had to wedge her toes into the holes between the stones to see over. -Arya II, ACOK She was very small and Harrenhal was very large, full of places where a mouse could hide. -Arya VII, ACOK She could see the gleam of steel under the fur, and she did not know if she was strong enough to drive the point of the dagger through chainmail. His throat, it must be his throat, but he’s too tall, I’ll never reach it. -Arya X, ACOK So the next morning as they broke their fast, Lady Smallwood gave her breeches, belt, and tunic to wear, and a brown doeskin jerkin dotted with iron studs. “They were my son’s things,” she said. “He died when he was seven.” -Arya IV, ASOS As Arya was cinching her saddle girth, Gendry came up to say that he was sorry. She put a foot in the stirrup and swung up into her saddle, so she could look down on him instead of up. -Arya VIII, ASOS Salty was too small to man an oar, she knew that now, but she could learn to splice ropes and reef the sails and steer a course across the great salt seas. -Arya I, AFFC “You were a cat, they tell me. Prowling through the alleys smelling of fish, selling cockles and mussels for coin. A small life, well suited for a small creature such as you. Ask, and it can be restored to you. Push your barrow, cry your cockles, be content. Your heart is too soft to be one of us.” -The Ugly Little Girl, ADWD TWOW, Mercy chapter: I find it amusing that Arya is this skinny, little girl, considering how some readers likes to pretend that she's somehow all brawn, no brain. When the truth of it is, she is pretty much no brawn, all brain. She's clever and quick (of both mind and body), she's not this muscly female knight. Arya is strong for her stature, but more like a gymnast. She's a rogue, not a barbarian As for a grown up Arya, how do you think she'll end up, height wise? I personally suspect she'll be a short adult, but she'll look taller from a distance, because of her build and face (I've heard long faces makes you look taller?).
  10. Arya was around 4 feet in ASOS, so she's small for her age: Beside the embers of their campfire, she saw Tom, Lem, and Greenbeard talking to a tiny little woman, a foot shorter than Arya and older than Old Nan, all stooped and wrinkled and leaning on a gnarled black cane. -Arya IV, ASOS Ned, Gendry, and many of the others were fast asleep when Arya spied the small pale shape creeping behind the horses, thin white hair flying wild as she leaned upon a gnarled cane. The woman could not have been more than three feet tall. The firelight made her eyes gleam as red as the eyes of Jon’s wolf. He was a ghost too. Arya stole closer, and knelt to watch. -Arya VIII, ASOS
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