|Lysa, by ~duhi via deviantART|
So this chapter is where things start to really get moving, and also start to get pretty damn confusing. What are Littlefinger's motivations here? Does Lysa have something to hide, is that why she insisted on marrying Littlefinger so quickly and out of sight of the Eeyrie? Is Sansa REALLY going to have to marry that little asshole Robin?
This is an extremely long chapter, covering all the way from Sansa arriving on the boat from Kings Landing to a week later when Lysa arrives, including their wedding and the morning after. Petyr asks Sansa to pretend to be his bastard daughter, Alayne, from Braavos, but he does tell Lysa who she is. The subsequent conversation with Lysa is unnerving to say the least.
I love how utterly forthright Petyr is about the squalor of his little holding, and yet he doesn't seem embarrassed at all. He's just very matter of fact about it. It amuses me for some reason. He sees things as they are and doesn't shy away from hard truths, but he never tells others the full truth. The story he tells Sansa about how many pies he has his fingers in back at the Red Keep (as well as his working with the Tyrells and essentially arranging things for Joffrey to be murdered) are pretty impressive. He knows how to manipulate, and I think that's a gift for seeing clearly who people are and predicting their reactions.
Great chapter, hope you guys enjoy!