Like a Cat in a China Pantry

Had I not been a thorough lubber, I should have remembered half a hundred things worthy of remembrance, which have all been lost, because, though I do indeed know the binnacle from the mainmast, I know little more: tackle and sheets, and tally and belay, are alike to me; and if you ask me about the lee-clue garnets, I can only tell that they are not the same kind of garnets as are worn in necklaces and bracelets; and so fine facts have been lost, because I did not know where to store them in the ship, or in my recollection-closet up-stairs. There is something ridiculous, and something like quackery in writing thus about what I so little understand. I walk among sea terms as a cat does in a china pantry, in bodily fear of doing mischief, and betraying myself; and yet there will come a good book of it, I verily believe.

Robert Southey, letter to Captain Southey, 1812

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A Guessing Game of Thrones

I wonder. I have a guess about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy epic, given clues sprinkled throughout the books. I’ll lay them out here in numbered points. Warning: here be spoilers for all the books and the HBO series, but only in clues I think are there, not for my guess. I’m probably wrong. It’s just a little theory I’ve had for a long time.

I’ve read all the books — the first three twice over — but have seen only the first three seasons of the show (lack of cable television prohibits more for now.) I don’t visit online forums, so I’m not sure if this has been put forth by others. I’m told not, but that was nearly a year ago. I’m a fan of the books and put this down here as part of my admiration for the scope of the story. Again…


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