maids & matrons

Brave women with stereotypically feminine virtues, kind and patient and loving, and the older, gruff and world-weary anti-heroes who fall for them.

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Anonymous asked: I've read one where Robert dies and Lyanna marries Stannis - it's far better though poor Stannis is stuck being Aerys' new Hand after he chucked Rhaegar in the dungeon. It's not funny either but it is very good. And there is a lot of Lyanna leaving Stannis utterly /bewildered/.


Yeah, his reaction to Asha Greyjoy and Alysane Mormont proves that Stannis would have no fucking clue how to deal with Lyanna. “Stannis let’s go riding!” “What, no, I have LAWS TO ENFORCE.” “Then I’m going to go train with the Master of Arms” “O_o”

I think I might have a new OTP.

Seriously, the level of the hilarity potential of this notion is just… wow. This is genius.

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I thought- I hoped he would just live the rest of his life in peace, you know? I thought Maggie and Glenn would have a baby. And he’d get to be a grandpa. And we’d have birthdays and holidays and summer picnics. And he’d get really old… And it’d happen, but it’d be quiet… It’d be okay… He’d be surrounded by people he loved. That’s how unbelievably stupid I am.

— Beth remembering Hershel.

What breaks my heart most about this is that we don’t hear Beth talking about the things she wanted and never got— only the things she wanted for other people.  What she wanted doesn’t matter to her.  Beth wanted for all of them to be safe.  But more than that, she wanted everyone else to be happy.  Because seeing other people happy is what matters to her.

(Source: hutchersno, via swiftsnowmane)

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He had not been dead when she left the throne room. He had been on his knees, though, clawing at his throat, tearing at his own skin as he fought to breathe. The sight of it had been too terrible to watch, and she had turned and fled, sobbing. Lady Tanda had been fleeing as well. “You have a good heart, my lady,” she said to Sansa. “Not every maid would weep so for a man who set her aside and wed her to a dwarf.”
A good heart. I have a good heart. Hysterical laughter rose up her gullet, but Sansa choked it back down. The bells were ringing, slow and mournful. Ringing, ringing, ringing. They had rung for King Robert the same way. Joffrey was dead, he was dead, he was dead, dead, dead. Why was she crying, when she wanted to dance? Were they tears of joy?

- Sansa, ASOS

Just~ As a Sansa fan I wanted to remind everyone that the book leaves Sansa’s reaction to Joffrey’s death ambiguous at best. Rather than a consistent feeling of joy or relief or satisfied vengeance, Sansa experiences a disconnect between what she thinks she feels and how she is actually physically and emotionally reacting to the death.

Her instinctive and initial reaction to the cruel and unsightly death that Joffrey suffers is to “turn and flee, sobbing” because “the sight of it had been too terrible to watch,” not to feel any form of positive emotion. It is only later, when she has time to reflect on the course of events that she begins to think about how she should feel and what Joffrey’s death actually means for her.

And even after concluding that, logically, she should feel joyous about Joffrey’s death, Sansa continues to weep - no longer for Joffrey, but for Robb and for Margaery. Because this is the kind of person that Sansa is - not someone who dwells on the satisfaction of seeing a hated enemy dead at her feet, but someone who instinctively recoils from the suffering and pain of others and, even when she can no longer find it in herself to feel compassion for the victim, is still much more concerned with the effect of Joffrey’s death on “poor Margaery, twice wed and twice widowed” than she is with the vengeful satisfaction that the death should afford to her.

I’ve just been seeing quite a few posts about how Sansa would be celebrating or extremely happy over Joffrey’s death in the Purple Wedding so I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about the actual text of her reaction in the series :D

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