Marissa Meyer

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Sybil Mira Character Analysis

Sybil Mira is Queen Levana’s head thaumaturge (advisor). Like Queen Levana, Sybil is Lunar and keeps up her glamour all the time to make it seem as though she is beautiful. She also brainwashes Lunar citizens and even tries to manipulate people on Earth. When a servant gives Queen Levana a mirror by accident (Levana hates mirrors), Sybil almost makes the woman put her own eye out with a knife as punishment. In this way, like Levana, Sybil compromises her integrity as a leader by committing horrific acts against innocent people to benefit herself and remain in power.

Sybil Mira Quotes in Cinder

The Cinder quotes below are all either spoken by Sybil Mira or refer to Sybil Mira. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Feiwel and Friends edition of Cinder published in 2012.
Chapter 19 Quotes

“It is why Queen Levana is so striking to look at. Some talented Lunars, such as the queen, keep their glamour up all the time. But just as she cannot trick the netscreens, neither can she trick a mirror.”

“So they don’t like mirrors because they don’t want to see themselves?”

“Vanity is a factor but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

Related Characters: Dr. Erland (speaker), Cinder/Princess Selene (speaker), Queen Levana, Sybil Mira, Prince Kai
Related Symbols: Mirrors
Page Number: 172
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 23 Quotes

“It is a most useful trick,” said Sybil, sitting on the edge of the chaise lounge by the holographic fire. “Particularly when dealing with unruly citizens, which are never tolerated on Luna.”

“I’ve heard that when citizens are unruly, there’s usually a good reason for it,” said Kai. Torin flashed him a warning frown, but he ignored it. “And brainwashing doesn’t exactly seem like the proper solution.”

Sybil folded her hands politely in her lap. “Proper is such a subjective word. This solution is effective, and that can hardly be argued with.”

Related Characters: Sybil Mira (speaker), Prince Kai (speaker), Queen Levana, Konn Torin
Page Number: 207
Explanation and Analysis:
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Sybil Mira Character Timeline in Cinder

The timeline below shows where the character Sybil Mira appears in Cinder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
Secrecy and Manipulation Theme Icon
As Kai walks to the lab with Torin, he sees Sybil Mira, the head thaumaturge to the Lunar crown. She is beautiful, but she is the... (full context)
Bravery and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Kai and Torin leave Sybil, and Torin suggests that Kai should formulate a plan about Levana. Kai insists that he... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Power, Greed, and Evil Theme Icon
Kai is unsettled as he watches Queen Levana easily quiet the crowd. He comments to Sybil Mira that brainwashing isn’t the way to handle unruly citizens. When Queen Levana returns, she... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Power, Greed, and Evil Theme Icon
...fairer arrangement. Kai points out that this means assuming that the ruling government is fair. Sybil Mira says that she hopes that Earth and Luna can find a new agreement under... (full context)
Secrecy and Manipulation Theme Icon punished, but Torin points out that they don’t know the woman is to blame. Sybil takes out a knife and holds its handle out toward the woman. Kai watches in... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...she needs to speak with someone at the palace. She starts to cry, saying that Sybil will kill her if she finds out she’s talking to Cinder—Sybil treats her like a... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Sybil and Levana join Kai on the balcony, commenting that Cinder isn’t a shell after all.... (full context)