Craving Peaches Posted November 21, 2022 Share Posted November 21, 2022 I am confused why Stannis, if he was so dutiful, did not warn Robert that his life could be in danger, and that he suspected the incest. And I know he left to save his own skin, but surely as the duty-obsessed man he is (or at least the duty-obsessed man he is portrayed as by people here) he should still put his duty to his king first? Or does he selectively apply this duty rule to everyone but himself? Is he just being a big hypocrite here? Also, why was he annoyed so much that he didn't get made Hand? In Stannis' own words, Quote "Lord Eddard did his duty, I will not deny it. Did I ever do less? I should have been Robert's Hand." what he did was his duty. So why is he expecting special rewards? Ned also did his duty, why should he not get to be hand? Why should Stannis get to be Hand over him? If they have both performed their duty, why should Robert pick Stannis over Ned? Because Stannis is his brother? I don't get it... This is Stannis' reasoning for not telling about the incest. Quote "My brother's regard for me was never more than dutiful," said Stannis. "From me, such accusations would have seemed peevish and self-serving, a means of placing myself first in the line of succession. I believed Robert would be more disposed to listen if the charges came from Lord Arryn, whom he loved." But I'm not sure I buy it. It doesn't negate the fact that he was still obliged to tell Robert. Even if Robert wouldn't listen, duty dictates Stannis still has to tell him, as far as I can see. These are Ned's thoughts on the matter of the incest. Quote This was something else: poison in the dark, a knife thrust to the soul. This he could never forgive, no more than he had forgiven Rhaegar. He will kill them all, Ned realized. And yet, he knew he could not keep silent. He had a duty to Robert, to the realm, to the shade of Jon Arryn … and to Bran, who surely must have stumbled on some part of the truth. Why else would they have tried to slay him? So why did Stannis go off to Dragonstone, failing to tell Robert (and also failing his duty to attend council meetings but that's besides the point)? Surely he had exactly the same duty as Ned did - to inform Robert. I don't understand why. Was he just being spiteful towards Robert? Was he being a hypocrite? Did he want Robert to die with no true heirs so he could be king? Or am I missing something? It just seems totally at odds with Stannis' character, based on how all the others describe him and he describes himself. Aldarion 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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