A Game of Thrones – Chapter Nineteen: Jon

Reminders:

  1. Page numbers based off Kindle edition.
  2. No spoiling me; I will edit/delete any.
  3. I don’t avoid spoilers.
  4. My citation format is not necessarily accurate, but it works for me.

I appreciate that some people may be turned off by this constant ‘pre-blog’ notification. I choose to respect that some people may not have read these books before, like I hadn’t and so make the effort to not spoil them unless they go to the post page. I figure if you really want to be here, reading, you’ll ignore it.

Jon is quite handy with a sword. I like how he just dismantled his opponent.

Ser Alliser Thorne is an ass. I seem to say that about a LOT of people in this world. If I was an all powerful being in this world, I would deliver such a smackdown to so many people.

Aw, Jon… *cuddles him* Things will work out, surely. I mean, there are THEORIES about you. So you must have SOME future.

So they try to attack Jon, but he beats them soundly. I’m glad that Donal Noye stops Jon from killing Toad, but at the same time, even if Jon wins no honour killing him, might he not earn reprieve? If he has killed Toad, then it could follow that they leave him alone because they do not want to give him a chance to kill again. Assuming, of course, he’s not executed for it.

Noye… seems rough. But at least in this lecture, not an asshole like Thorne. Yes, what he has to tell Jon isn’t nice, but it’s what he needs to hear. Whether his bearing and actions were intentional or not… this place requires a much different outlook. And good of Noye to tell him so.

If the Wall is seven hundred feet high, and wide enough for a dozen armoured knights to ride abreast… am I to take that as a simple measurement? Surely it must be no more than a measurement, for if it had any literalness in it, it begs the question of how you get said knights and horses up there without the Others, for example, also coming onto the Wall, since I’m guessing the Wall is there to stop the Others (and who knows what else).

So, if it is no more than a simple measurement of the width and it has never been done and cannot be done, why use it? It seems a stupid way to measure it if it cannot be done. I assume that there are internal staircases or pulleys, since it can be walked on, but that’s different to getting a horse up there.

Tyrion is your friend, of sorts, Jon. Listen to him at the least, if you must remain wary of him.

Royce… from the prologue. Oooh. He became an Other, or so I guessed.

…oh, lord, I have a sickening feeling Jon really should have read the rest of that letter. Oh well; what will be, will be.

“I’d have an easier time teaching a wolf to juggle than you will training this aurochs.”
“I’ll take that wager, Ser Alliser,” Jon said. “I’d love to see Ghost juggle.”1

Might have been a grievous error to accept the wager, make the comment, or both, but one I think Jon had to make. We’ll see.

1. Martin, George R. R. (2010-12-23). A Game of Thrones, page 183. HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.