"Her father sighed. "Ah, Arya. You have a wildness in you, child. 'The wolf blood,' my father used to call it. Lyanna had a touch of it, and my brother Brandon more than a touch. It brought them both to an early grave." Arya heard sadness in his voice; he did not often speak of his father, or of the brother and sister who had died before she was born."
Rereading Game of Thrones - all the Ned and Arya scenes are so inspiring!
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Very poignant and telling of Ned's fear. It really gives you a feel of all the grief and pain he carried with him every day, as well as the burden to protect his siblings' memories that he was forced to carry.