“…A wisp of scented smoke hung in the air, drawing her down the winding path to where the red priests had fired the great iron braziers outside the house of the Lord of Light. Soon she could even feel the heat in the air, as red R’hllor’s worshipers lifted their voices in prayer. “For the night is dark and full of terrors,” they prayed…”
“Not for me”
So this excerpt is from ‘A Dance with Dragons’ from the chapter ‘The Blind Girl’. Arya as we all know is blinded by the faceless men after she kills Dareon for deserting from the Night’s Watch.
She’s away from home, in a foreign city, all alone and she’s blind…but that doesn’t bring her down. That is one of the things I love about her character…this girl can not be beat. She’s an 11 year old girl but she has the courage and will to match the Kings of Winter, her forebears.
Also, the nights are a special time for her. Its only in the night that she becomes ‘the night wolf’ …she can warg into Nymeria all the way from Braavos.
“… Her nights were bathed in moonlight and filled with the songs of her pack, with the taste of red meat torn off the bone, with the warm familiar smells of her grey cousins…”
Arya doesn’t wait for someone to rescue her…she creates her own agency.
“… A warrior princess, he decided, not some willowy creature who sits up in a tower, brushing her hair and waiting for some knight to rescue her …”
and she’s growing into her beauty, learning new skills, new languages…she’s amassing all these brilliant skills…but she still misses home and her family
Lonely and lovely and lethal “…while Jon says this about Val…It conveniently fits Arya rather well too.