In A Game of Thrones, principles are often questions of duty and honor. Oh, and they're never fun. No one ever says, "my principles tell me that I should eat this pie." Pretty much everyone in this book has a role to play in their society and those roles come with certain duties – from sewing to killing. So what if your duties don't match up with your principles? Is it better to be dutiful or honorable? Well, come to think of it, a lot of characters in this book would answer that question with a resounding "neither."