Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Excerpt: The Taste of Winterfell

Now Playing: Ramin Djawadi - Winterfell  and You'll Be Queen One Day (Game of Thrones OST)

First Monday Excerpt! Introduction, if you missed it, is here.

I decided to pick a passage I always return to, and one of the reasons I've grown to really love and admire GRRM's writing.

This is one of my favorite scenes out of all of A Song of Ice and Fire. It's weird how a series so full of violence, sex, murder, treachery, large scale political conflict, etc, could have really quite moments be just as powerful as the rest.

Here's the excerpt.

(art by Michael Komarck.)

Sansa eased open the door, and made her way down the winding stair. When she opened the door to the garden, it was so lovely that she held her breath, unwilling to disturb such perfect beauty. The snow drifted down and down, all in ghostly silence, and lay thick and unbroken on the ground. All color had fled the world outside. It was a place of whites and blacks and greys. White towers and white snow and white statues, black shadows and black trees, the dark grey sky above. A pure world, Sansa thought. I do not belong here.
Yet she stepped out all the same. Her boots tore ankle deep holes into the smooth white surface of the snow, yet made no sound. Sansa drifted past frosted shrubs and thin dark trees, and wondered if she were still dreaming. Drifting snowflakes brushed her face as light as lover's kisses, and melted on her cheeks. At the center of the garden, beside the weeping woman that lay broken and half-buried on the ground, she turned her face up to the sky and closed her eyes. She could feel the snow on her lashes, taste it on her lips. It was the taste of Winterfell. The taste of innocence. The taste of dreams.
 - A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin.

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