Sandy Clegg Posted March 18 Share Posted March 18 (edited) Sorry, you won't find any answers to who Septa Lemore 'secretly is' in this post. For all I know she could be Hot Pie's second cousin once removed. (Although if it turns out she is, then obviously I get full credit). No, the object here is to look at the meta riddle that she poses. Because while her past may be hidden to us, who she is meant to symbolise is something we can certainly try to identify. To do this we're going to hold true to that often-repeated idea: that George lays out his clues in sets of three, with their meaning getting somewhat clearer in each iteration. With AFFC and ADWD divided geographically, certain characters had to be sadly entirely absent from one book or the other. However, I believe George managed to find ways to make sure we don't feel their absence too much, by sneaking them into the books even when they aren't there. He achieves this by employing symbolic proxies: characters who have their own part to play in the normal story, but occasionally lead a 'double symbolic life'. This way key characters aren't entirely left out, and we possibly may even get hints of foreshadowing. Septa Lemore is one such character, so let's look at clue number one. I'll reveal who she symbolises at the end, so that you can play along. 1) She spends a lot of time in the water, and appears to have given birth: Quote The dwarf watched Lemore slip into the water. The sight always made him hard. There was something wonderfully wicked about the thought of peeling the septa out of those chaste white robes and spreading her legs. Innocence despoiled, he thought … though Lemore was not near as innocent as she appeared. She had stretch marks on her belly that could only have come from childbirth. - ADWD, Tyrion IV 2) She hangs a crystal gemstone between her breasts. Quote As she hung her septa's crystal about her neck, to nestle in the cleft between her breasts, she teased him with a smile. The image is followed with a smile. Actually, I have a theory that George will often pair up 'clues' in the text with references to smiling. This goes right back to the prologue in AGOT, when Ser Waymar asks Gared: "Do the dead frighten you?" .... with just the hint of a smile. This in itself was not a clue (unless you've got other ideas). But ever since then, if you look out for the smiles you'll likely stumble onto a hint about something. 3) One scene shows her with a quiet, breathy voice: Quote Septa Lemore was praying. The mists muffled the sound of her voice, making it seem small and hushed. In summary, we have a female character who exhibits, at one time or another, the following: spending significant time in the water has given birth wears a stone next to her heart has a whispery voice So who has George smuggled into the book? Click to reveal all: Spoiler Yep, the one and only former Lady Catelyn Stark, now more commonly known as Lady Stoneheart. But I'm sure you got that already ... Edited March 18 by Sandy Clegg LongRider, Aldarion, Lady Stonehearts Simp and 8 others 10 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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