Tower of the Hand

Book 4, Chapter 23.
Arya is accepted as an acolyte of the Many-Faced God and begins her training, after gaining some understanding of the Braavosi tongue, she is sent out into the city to peddle shellfish for a man named Brusco.
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Every night before bed, Arya recites the list of names of people she wants to kill. The kindly man overhears her and asks who they are. When Arya explains, he tells her that it is not her choice who dies, but rather the choice of the Many-Faced God. Arya lives below the temple with the waif, three acolytes, two serving men, and a cook named Umma. The only person she interacts with who knows the Common Tongue is the kindly man. Every day, he asks who she is. She answers that she is no one, though in her heart she is still Arya Stark. Every day before dawn, they say a prayer to the Many-Faced God. Since she does not know the language, she recites her list of names silently. During the day, she works at various jobs. When not at work, she is free to explore the vaults of the temple as long as she does not descend to the third floor, where the holy sanctum lies. One day, the kindly man comes upon her unexpectedly. She says he is lost, but he knows she lies. He asks who she is, and when she applies no one, he knows that is a lie too. The kindly man allows Arya to ask questions. Once, she asks why the people who come to the temple seeking death are not afraid. He responds that death is a relief, not a burden, and if they are worried, the candles calm them. He asks Arya what she smells from the candles. She thinks they smell of Winterfell, but she lies that she smells nothing. As always, the kindly man knows she lies. He tells her she can leave at any time to go home, but that she would not be allowed back again. She says she does not want to leave. He says that she must serve then, as all men must serve, or as they say it, ''Valar dohaeris''. Her jobs are many, including helping in the kitchen, sweeping the temple floor, serving meals, sorting through the belongings of the dead, and attending the kindly man as he makes a circuit of the temple to discover who has recently died. The dead are always stripped and taken to the third level, though Arya does not know what happens after that.

Arya sleeps in a small cell all her own, where she keeps the gifts she received from the crew of the Titan's Daughter and Needle. She practices swordplay as often as she can. One day, the waif sees her at practice, and the next day the kindly man pays a visit. He tells her that she must give up all her possessions if she means to stay. They belong to Arya Stark, and Arya Stark is too proud for the temple. Arya says that she serves, but the kindly man says that deep down, she is still a lord's daughter. He tells her that there are other paths for her if she prefers. She can become a courtesan employed by the Black Pearl or the Daughter of the Dusk, she can be married to any type of person she desires, or she can sail on Luco Prestayn's Lady Bright for Westeros the very next day. She says she wants to stay. The kindly man warns that few women serve the Many-Faced God, as women bring life and the god brings death. He further says that the god will consume her and take every part of her and that he believes she cannot handle that. Arya claims she can give up anything she wants, and the man tells her to start with her possessions. That night, she sneaks out of the temple and throws everything into the river: her silver fork, floppy hat, fingerless gloves, dagger, swordbelt, pouch of coins, clothes, and smallclothes. Everything except Needle. For her, it is a last reminder of home, and she is sure the Old Gods meant for her to have it; she cannot bear to part with it. One of the temple steps has a loose stone, and she hides Needle in there. The next day, the kindly man tells Arya of the beginning of the Faceless Men. At the end, he asks once again who Arya is. She answers "no one," but as always, he knows she is lying. She asks how he always sees through her lies, and he answers that it is possible to tell by examining a person's face. Arya wants to learn, and the man says the waif will teach her, starting with language. They will teach each other; Arya will learn Braavosi while the waif learns the Common Tongue. From that day forth, she is a novice of the Many-Faced God and wears a robe half black, half white. The waif learns the Common Tongue quickly, but Arya has difficulty with Braavosi. One day, the waif asks Arya who she is, and knows Arya lies in her response. From that day, they begin a lying game, where Arya has to guess when the waif is lying and when she is not. One night, they ask each other their age, and the waif claims she is thirty-six. Arya asks the kindly man if this is true, and he confirms it. She takes care of the poisons used by the temple, and handling them has given her a shrunken appearance.

There are several servants of the many-Faced God who visit the temple often. Arya does not know their names, so gives them labels as well such as the fat fellow, the stern face, the handsome man, the squinter, the lordling, and the starved man. One time, she is ordered to serve the fat fellow and the squinter as they talk. Afterwards, Arya asks if they were wearing their real faces. The kindly man asks what she thinks, and she says no. She asks after Jaqen again, but the kindly man once again denies knowing him. She asks about changing one's face, and the kindly man responds that it is a spell that takes years of practice and sacrifice. He advises her to start by practicing making faces and controlling her muscles. She is soon given the new task of helping the other acolytes prepare the corpses of those who died at the temple. Her days are then spent washing the dead, making faces in the mirrors, learning the Braavosi tongue, and trying to become no one. One day, the kindly man tells her that her Braavosi, while still bad, is good enough for the moment and that it is time for her to leave for awhile, as she will only master the tongue by speaking it all day long. She is to serve a man named Brusco, who sells shellfish by pushing his cart through the streets and peddling his wares. As a cover identity, she is to be Cat, an orphan from King's Landing whose father had been an oarsman on the ship Nymeria. That night, she leaves the temple saying her litany of names happily as she runs for the docks.