This part is set the night before the first chapter, ‘The Morning After’. I wasn’t originally going to do this but I had a feeling that someone would ask me to do it and someone messaged me mentioning that they would like to see what happened the night before :) so here it is!
Word Count: 2159 Read this on AO3 here. Read the first part here. Anon message inspiration here
Jai’s feet were resting on the coffee table when you got home. He greeted you with a smile and muted the television show he was watching. “Hey, baby. How was work?”
Do you think Marg is really not a virgin or was the septa (or septas, i can't remember right now) that inspected her corrupted by cersei?
A broken hymen doesn’t prove that Margaery actually had sexual intercourse. Cersei herself admits in her internal monologue that it most certainly broke by horseback riding, as happened to most highborn girls who (unlike commoners) usually have access to horse riding since childhood:
Still, the absence of a bloody sheet meant little, by itself. Common peasant girls bled like pigs upon their wedding nights, she had heard, but that was less true of highborn maids like Margaery Tyrell. A lord’s daughter was more like to give her maidenhead to a horse than a husband, it was said, and Margaery had been riding since she was old enough to walk.
Now, the septas who inspect Margaery and the handmaidens are Septa Moelle, Aglantine and Melicent:
“I examined her myself, at the behest of His High Holiness. Her maidenhead is not intact. Septa Aglantine and Septa Melicent will say the same, as will Queen Margaery’s own septa, Nysterica, who has been confined to a penitent’s cell for her part in the queen’s shame. Lady Megga and Lady Elinor were examined as well. Both were found to have been broken.” (Cersei X AFFC)
Septa Moelle is one of the three septas (along with Unella and Scolera) that “take care” of Cersei during her imprisonment and walk of penance. I find it hard to believe that this septa was corrupted by Cersei, only to end up working with her captors. The simplest explanation is that Margaery was indeed found “broken” but it’s just not enough to prove that she’s not a virgin.
Taena thinks Marg had sex with Renly on their wedding night, but she has to admit there’s no evidence of a consummated marriage (“No sheet was shown”, and anyway, as said earlier, highborn maids don’t always bleed). Furthermore, Cersei had Margaery spied on day and night for weeks yet she has to fabricate false evidence and false testimony to frame her for adultery. Whether Marg is actually a virgin or not, I believe she’s just too clever and well-instructed to sleep around with anyone in the red keep and not be extremely cautious about it.
But really, the point is that Margaery is a foil to Cersei in this narrative frame. It doesn’t matter what Margaery really does, what matters is that Cersei projects on her the things she does and her idea of her rival is entirely modeled on her own persona, even if she doesn’t realize it. Cersei schemes, plots, manipulates the king, has sex with different men, and she’s convinced that Margaery must do the same. At some point she even wonders if Marg and Loras are incestuous, which should really give us an inkling of how Cersei wrongfully projects her own experiences on Margaery. I wouldn’t be surprised to know that Margaery is not a virgin, but I wouldn’t be surprised of the contrary either, mostly because it makes for excellent tragic irony that Cersei tried to blame Margaery for traits that belong to her in the first place.