The Golden Compass

by

Philip Pullman

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The 11-year-old protagonist of the novel. Lyra is skinny, blond, and scrappy. She detests being clean and wants only to run wild with her friends at Jordan College and in Oxford. While her dæmon, Pan, takes a more cautious approach to life, Lyra has no issue breaking rules and is a skilled liar. She most often spends time with poor children like her best friend, Roger. Lyra grows up believing that she's an orphan and that the important Lord Asriel is her uncle. He serves as her connection to the wider world of politics, knowledge that she uses only to impress and lord over her friends. Lyra struggles deeply with the moral implications of everything she sees around her, and as time goes on, develops a keen sense of right, wrong, and compassion. She does this in part by learning to read the alethiometer, a truth-telling device that the Master gives her before she leaves Jordan College. Once Lyra figures out how the alethiometer is supposed to work, she quickly learns how to relax her mind and read what it says—a skill that takes most people years to learn. In addition to developing her sense of morality, Lyra is also deeply interested in souls, what it means to be human, and how different races in her world conceptualize being alive. The bear Iorek Byrnison teaches her about how bears think of souls. While Lyra initially pities him and is afraid of him, the two become extremely close after she helps Iorek retrieve his armor, which houses his soul. More than anything, Lyra fears Mrs. Coulter, a glamorous but cruel woman, and intercision, the process of cutting a person's dæmon away from them. While imprisoned at Bolvanger, Lyra puts all her skills together to orchestrate the captive children's escape and, most importantly for her, rescues Roger. However, Lyra's unwillingness to question Lord Asriel's goodness leads her to unwittingly lead Roger to his sacrificial death at Lord Asriel's hands. Following this, Lyra and Pan decide that Dust, which all adults fear and want to destroy, must be good, so they follow Lord Asriel into the city in the Aurora.

Lyra Quotes in The Golden Compass

The The Golden Compass quotes below are all either spoken by Lyra or refer to Lyra. 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 Random House edition of The Golden Compass published in 1995.
Chapter One Quotes

"I didn't have anything in mind, and well you know it," she snapped quietly. "But now I've seen what the Master did, I haven't got any choice. You're supposed to know about conscience, aren't you? How can I just go and sit in the library or somewhere and twiddle my thumbs, knowing what's going to happen? I don't intend to do that, I promise you."

Related Characters: Lyra (speaker), Pan, Lord Asriel, The Master
Page Number: 9
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Chapter Three Quotes

Lyra was frightened. No one worried about a child gone missing for a few hours, certainly not a gyptian: in the tight-knit gyptian boat world, all children were precious and extravagantly loved, and a mother knew that if a child was out of sight, it wouldn't be far from someone else's who would protect it instinctively.

Related Characters: Lyra, Ma Costa, The Gobblers, Billy Costa
Page Number: 55
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Chapter Four Quotes

The Master sighed. In his black suit and black tie he looked as much like his dæmon as anyone could, and suddenly Lyra thought that one day, quite soon, he would be buried in the crypt under the oratory, and an artist would engrave a picture of his dæmon on the brass plate for his coffin, and her name would share the space with his.

Related Characters: Lyra, The Master
Page Number: 68
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Mrs. Coulter came into the bathroom to wash Lyra's hair, and she didn't rub and scrape like Mrs. Lonsdale either. She was gentle. Pantalaimon watched with powerful curiosity until Mrs. Coulter looked at him, and he knew what she meant and turned away, averting his eyes modestly from these feminine mysteries as the golden monkey was doing. He had never had to look away from Lyra before.

Page Number: 77
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Chapter Seven Quotes

Indeed, Tony heard from gossip in pubs along the way that the police were making raids on houses and farms and building yards and factories without any explanation, though there was a rumor that they were searching for a missing girl. And that in itself was odd, considering all the kids that had gone missing without being looked for.

Related Characters: Lyra, Ma Costa, Tony Costa
Page Number: 110
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"And the Church in recent times, Lyra, it's been getting more commanding. There's councils for this and councils for that; there's talk of reviving the Office of Inquisition, God forbid. And the Master has to tread warily between all these powers. He has to keep Jordan College on the right side of the Church, or it won't survive."

Related Characters: John Faa (speaker), Lyra, Farder Coram, The Master
Page Number: 127
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Chapter Ten Quotes

He had to stay close to the ship, of course, for he could never go far from her; but she sensed his desire to speed as far and as fast as he could, for pure exhilaration. She shared his pleasure, but for her it wasn't simple pleasure, for there was pain and fear in it too. Suppose he loved being a dolphin more than he loved being with her on land? What would she do then?

Related Characters: Lyra, Pan, Jerry
Page Number: 166
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"Anyway, there's compensations for a settled form."

"What are they?"

"Knowing what kind of person you are. Take old Belisaria. She's a seagull, and that means I'm kind of a seagull too. I'm not grand and splendid nor beautiful, but I'm a tough old thing and I can survive anywhere and always find a bit of food and company. That's worth knowing, that is. And when your dæmon settles, you'll know the sort of person you are."

Related Characters: Lyra (speaker), Jerry (speaker), Pan
Page Number: 167
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Lyra's heart was thumping hard, because something in the bear's presence made her feel close to coldness, danger, brutal power, but a power controlled by intelligence; and not a human intelligence, nothing like a human, because of course bears had no dæmons. The strange hulking presence gnawing its meat was like nothing she had ever imagined, and she felt a profound admiration and pity for the lonely creature.

Related Characters: Lyra, Iorek Byrnison, Pan
Page Number: 179-80
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Chapter Eleven Quotes

She felt angry and miserable. His badger claws dug into the earth and he walked forward. It was such a strange tormenting feeling when your dæmon was pulling at the link between you; part physical pain deep in the chest, part intense sadness and love. And she knew it was the same for him. Everyone tested it when they were growing up: Seeing how far they could pull apart, coming back with intense relief.

Related Characters: Lyra, Iorek Byrnison, Pan
Page Number: 195
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"My armor is made of sky iron, made for me. A bear's armor is his soul, just as your dæmon is your soul. You might as well take him away"—indicating Pantalaimon—"and replace him with a doll full of sawdust. That is the difference."

Related Characters: Iorek Byrnison (speaker), Lyra, Pan
Page Number: 196-97
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Chapter Twelve Quotes

"Because, Iorek, listen: I got this symbol reader that tells me things, you see, and it's told me that there's something important I got to do over in that village, and Lord Faa won't let me go there. He just wants to get on quick, and I know that's important too. But unless I go and find out what it is, we might not know what the Gobblers are really doing."

Related Characters: Lyra (speaker), Iorek Byrnison, Tony Makarios, The Gobblers
Related Symbols: The Alethiometer
Page Number: 206
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Chapter Thirteen Quotes

Her first impulse was to turn and run, or to be sick. A human being with no dæmon was like someone without a face, or with their ribs laid open and their heart torn out: something unnatural and uncanny that belonged to the world of night-ghasts, not the waking world of sense.

Related Characters: Lyra, Iorek Byrnison, Pan, Tony Makarios, Ratter
Page Number: 214
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"How do you do that?"

"By not being human," he said. "That's why you could never trick a bear. We see tricks and deceit as plain as arms and legs. We can see in a way humans have forgotten. But you know about this; you can understand the symbol reader."

"That en't the same, is it?" [...]

"It is the same," he said. "Adults can't read it, as I understand. As I am to human fighters, so you are to adults with the symbol reader."

"Yes, I suppose," she said, puzzled and unwilling. "Does that mean I'll forget how to do it when I grow up?"

Related Characters: Lyra (speaker), Iorek Byrnison (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Alethiometer
Page Number: 226
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Chapter Fifteen Quotes

"We dunno," said Annie. "Just something from space. Not real dust. If you en't got any Dust, that's good. But everyone gets Dust in the end."

Related Characters: Annie (speaker), Lyra, The Gobblers
Related Symbols: Dust
Page Number: 246
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Chapter Sixteen Quotes

"I think he's got an entirely different idea of the nature of Dust. That's the point. It's profoundly heretical, you see, and the Consistorial Court of Discipline can't allow any other interpretation than the authorized one. And besides, he wants to experiment—"

"To experiment? With Dust?"

Related Characters: The Gobblers (speaker), Lyra, Lord Asriel
Related Symbols: Dust
Page Number: 274
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Chapter Seventeen Quotes

"If he's got Dust and you've got Dust, and the Master of Jordan and every other grownup's got Dust, it must be all right. When I get out I'm going to tell all the kids in the world about this. Anyway, if it was so good, why'd you stop them doing it to me? If it was good, you should've let them do it. You should have been glad."

Related Characters: Lyra (speaker), Mrs. Coulter, Pan, The Master, The Gobblers
Related Symbols: Dust
Page Number: 283
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Chapter Eighteen Quotes

"We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not," said the witch, "or die of despair."

Related Characters: Serafina Pekkala (speaker), Lyra, Lee Scoresby
Page Number: 310
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"When bears act like people, perhaps they can be tricked," said Serafina Pekkala. "When bears act like bears, perhaps they can't. No bear would normally drink spirits. Iorek Byrnison drank to forget the shame of exile, and it was only that which let the Trollesund people trick him."

Related Characters: Serafina Pekkala (speaker), Lyra, Iorek Byrnison, Iofur Raknison
Page Number: 317
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Chapter Twenty Quotes

But his armor was his soul. He had made it and it fitted him. They were one. Iofur was not content with his armor; he wanted another soul as well. He was restless while Iorek was still.

Related Characters: Lyra, Iorek Byrnison, Iofur Raknison
Page Number: 349
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Because Iorek was moving backward only to find clean dry footing and a firm rock to leap up from, and the useless left arm was really fresh and strong. You could not trick a bear, but, as Lyra had shown him, Iofur did not want to be a bear. He wanted to be a man; and Iorek was tricking him.

Related Characters: Lyra, Iorek Byrnison, Iofur Raknison
Page Number: 353
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Chapter Twenty-One Quotes

"She guessed that the two things that happen in adolescence might be connected: the change in one's dæmon and the fact that Dust began to settle. Perhaps if the dæmon were separated from the body, we might never be subject to Dust—to original sin."

Related Characters: Lord Asriel (speaker), Lyra, Mrs. Coulter
Related Symbols: Dust
Page Number: 375
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Chapter Twenty-Three Quotes

"We've heard them all talk about Dust, and they're so afraid of it, and you know what? We believed them, even though we could see that what they were doing was wicked and evil and wrong...We thought Dust must be bad too, because they were grown up and they said so. But what if it isn't? What if it's—"

She said breathlessly, "Yeah! What if it's really good..."

Related Characters: Lyra (speaker), Pan (speaker), Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel, The Gobblers
Related Symbols: Dust
Page Number: 398
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Lyra Character Timeline in The Golden Compass

The timeline below shows where the character Lyra appears in The Golden Compass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
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Lyra and her dæmon, Pan, sneak through the dark dining hall. Lyra flicks a glass and... (full context)
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Lyra is excited: Lord Asriel is her uncle, and she both admires him and is afraid... (full context)
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Pan tries to convince Lyra to sneak out of the Retiring Room, but Lyra refuses. She says that she's heard... (full context)
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...and seems like a wild animal as he pours himself a glass of the Tokay. Lyra shrieks, tumbles out of the wardrobe, and throws his glass to the ground. Lord Asriel... (full context)
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...see the Porter cleaning up the Tokay. They begin to set up the projector and Lyra realizes that she'll be able to see it from her hiding spot. Pan remains unconvinced... (full context)
Chapter Two
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Lyra watches the Master and his dæmon anxiously glance to where the Tokay was. Lord Asriel... (full context)
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Silence follows, and Lyra feels that this Dust is different from normal dust. Scholars begin to gasp and Lord... (full context)
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Lord Asriel wakes Lyra up much later. He says they voted to give him money but won't tell Lyra... (full context)
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...alethiometer is showing that there will be awful consequences of Lord Asriel's research, and "the child"—Lyra—will have to get involved. The Librarian asks if Lord Asriel is involved with the Oblation... (full context)
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...heresy" to the Oblation Board and the Consistorial Court. He says that "they" haven't forgotten Lyra, who will play a major part but can't know what she's doing. He hoped to... (full context)
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The Librarian believes that Lyra wouldn't listen even if the Master were able to explain things to her, but the... (full context)
Chapter Three
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...and possibly, the biggest college in Oxford. It's known for its work in experimental theology. Lyra is proud of Jordan College and uses its prestige to impress her friends, but she... (full context)
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The last time a particular gyptian family came to Oxford, Lyra and Roger stole one of their narrowboats, rode down the river, and searched for the... (full context)
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The narrator notes that Lyra's life proceeded like this until she hid in the Retiring Room and heard about Dust,... (full context)
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...to who is stealing the children, but everyone calls the culprits the Gobblers. One day, Lyra suggests to Roger that they play kids and Gobblers, which she says entails playing hide-and-seek... (full context)
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After this, Lyra and Roger begin spending more time underground. Lyra suspects that they'll find and capture Gobblers... (full context)
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One afternoon, the Intercessor catches Lyra and Roger coming out of the crypts. He calls the children over to ask what... (full context)
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In preparation for the horse fair, Lyra and her cronies plan to capture a narrowboat again.  As Lyra wanders along the river... (full context)
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...they throw kids in a white truck and they're called Gobblers because they eat kids. Lyra takes charge of the situation, points out that anyone could be a Gobbler, and a... (full context)
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Suddenly, Lyra flashes on what she saw in the Retiring Room, and the Scholar asking if the... (full context)
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The housekeeper, Mrs. Lonsdale, shouts for Lyra. Lyra crawls down through the window and doesn't ask why she needs to wash and... (full context)
Chapter Four
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Mrs. Coulter invites Lyra to sit next to her at dinner. Lyra is entranced; she's never seen a woman... (full context)
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As the guests leave, the Master sends Lyra to his study so they can speak. They discuss Mrs. Coulter and Lyra deems the... (full context)
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Mrs. Lonsdale wakes Lyra before dark the next morning and sends her to knock on the Master's window before... (full context)
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Lyra only remembers that Roger is missing after she says goodbye to the servants. She feels... (full context)
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Mrs. Coulter takes Lyra to the Royal Arctic Institute for lunch and points out other notable members. As they... (full context)
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Once Mrs. Coulter is gone, Pan pulls at Lyra's hair and they take out the alethiometer. It has needles pointing in different directions, small... (full context)
Chapter Five
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Over the next few weeks, Lyra goes everywhere with Mrs. Coulter. She learns how to eat asparagus, gets to wear beautiful... (full context)
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Lyra sometimes thinks of Roger, but she soon forgets him in favor of whatever wonderful thing... (full context)
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On the day of the party, Lyra has her hair done at a hairdresser's. After Lyra emerges from her bedroom, dressed in... (full context)
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Lyra has no trouble pretending to be charming, but Pan remains disgusted with Mrs. Coulter and... (full context)
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Lyra says that she's safe and mentions the dangers that plague children in Oxford, including a... (full context)
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...young woman, however, introduces herself as Adèle Starminster, a journalist, and asks to speak with Lyra. Adèle wants to know if Mrs. Coulter is nice and what Lyra does for her,... (full context)
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Pan whispers in Lyra's ear and says that the golden monkey was just in their bedroom and must know... (full context)
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Lord Boreal asks if Lyra knows what happens to the children. Lyra says that she only knows that it's about... (full context)
Chapter Six
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Lyra and Pan, as a wildcat, walk away from the river. They're both thrilled to be... (full context)
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Lyra and Pan head toward the wharf and carefully peek into the window of a hut,... (full context)
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Lyra comforts Pan and then recognizes one of her saviors as Tony Costa, Billy Costa's older... (full context)
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Lyra wakes up in the morning, checks that she still has the alethiometer, and enters the... (full context)
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Tony tells Lyra about ghosts unique to the northern regions. He also mentions the panserbjørne, and Lyra interjects... (full context)
Chapter Seven
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Lyra feels much better with a goal, so she throws herself into chores on the boat.... (full context)
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...boats head for an ancient meeting hall, the Zaal, in the middle of the fens. Lyra listens to the gyptian legends and picks up words in the Fen-Dutch gyptian dialect. One... (full context)
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As Tony and Ma Costa lead Lyra to the Zaal, people stare and point. They enter the craggy old hall and squeeze... (full context)
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...on the platform are and specifically mentions Farder Coram, an extremely old man. Tony takes Lyra to speak to John Faa, and Lyra feels extremely shy knowing that she's worth so... (full context)
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Lyra tells John Faa about running away from Mrs. Coulter, who she says is one of... (full context)
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John Faa asks Lyra if she knows where she came from. Dazed, Lyra says that her parents died in... (full context)
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...says that in the years after, people began to get anxious about Dust. He tells Lyra that the pastry cook at Jordan has been watching over her and passed it on... (full context)
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...answer. He says that there's a book with all the meanings in a library somewhere. Lyra says that she kept the alethiometer secret, but the golden monkey found it. John Faa... (full context)
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They discuss what the Master intended in giving Lyra the alethiometer. Lyra thinks that the Master wanted her to keep it from Lord Asriel,... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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Lyra quickly comes to terms with the fact that Lord Asriel is her father, but she's... (full context)
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...all they know is that it's "a theological matter." Another man says that because of Lyra, Parliament is considering rescinding the gyptians' right to free movement and asks why they're bothering... (full context)
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...He and the other men head for a private room and Tony Costa laughs at Lyra when she suggests that they need her. When Lyra says she wants to go too,... (full context)
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Scowling, Lyra plays with her new friends. She eventually goes back to the Zaal and knocks on... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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Lyra spends the next few days trying to plan how she can stow away and join... (full context)
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Lyra begins to ask Farder Coram for help interpreting the symbols on the alethiometer. She explains... (full context)
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...and were ambushed in the dark once inside. The physician arrives, so Farder Coram pulls Lyra away. He tells her to occupy herself until later, when they need to talk about... (full context)
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The next two weeks are difficult for Lyra. They're busy, but she has to remain hidden and being inside all the time is... (full context)
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Lyra asks if she can go outside for a minute. Farder Coram decides that it won't... (full context)
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The boat reaches Colby and Lyra accompanies Farder Coram and the tillerman through the empty town to the docks. There they... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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The men turn to boring talk, so Lyra wanders away and pesters a sailor named Jerry. Jerry puts her to work scrubbing and... (full context)
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Lyra says she wants Pan to be able to change forever, but Jerry assures her that... (full context)
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One morning, Lyra wakes up and realizes that the ship is moving differently. She races to the deck... (full context)
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Then, Dr. Lanselius turns to Lyra and asks her about the alethiometer. She allows him to see it, but Farder Coram... (full context)
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Farder Coram and Dr. Lanselius watch as Lyra correctly identifies the right spray. She then holds the cloud-pine above her head and pretends... (full context)
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As Lyra and Farder Coram walk, Lyra says that the alethiometer told her that Dr. Lanselius knew... (full context)
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That evening, Lyra and Farder Coram walk to the local bar. In the yard behind it, they find... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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Back at the ship, Lyra consults the alethiometer and figures out where Iorek's armor is and why it will be... (full context)
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The goose is clearly a dæmon. He asks for Farder Coram and Lyra stumbles over herself to comply. She's fascinated and terrified. Farder Coram and John Faa join... (full context)
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...and fear. The Dust hunters have a group of armed Tartars and a wire fence. Lyra asks why the witches know about her. Kaisa says that it's because of Lord Asriel... (full context)
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Lyra asks which side the witches are on. Kaisa says that it's complicated, as the witches... (full context)
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Everyone turns to Kaisa, who says that the witches are interested in Lyra in part because of the alethiometer. Farder Coram suggests that they trust Lyra and Iorek,... (full context)
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Lyra wakes up after noon and finds the rest of the gyptians mostly ready to go.... (full context)
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...he'll talk to Iorek. He flies as a bird over the chain link fence, but Lyra doesn't follow. He turns into a badger. Dæmons can't get more than a few yards... (full context)
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Lyra asks why Iorek doesn't make more armor. He shows her how weak normal metal is.... (full context)
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...Iorek, but he brushes off the bullets and grabs the sentry's head in his jaws. Lyra darts forward and touches the only fur she can see through his armor. She fiercely... (full context)
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...if he returns they'll be merciless, but Iorek ignores him. The townsfolk wander away and Lyra realizes that Iorek was right: the armor is his soul; he cares for it like... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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The party stops after several hours to eat and rest. John Faa asks Lyra to ask the alethiometer about how Bolvanger is protected. She says that it's just like... (full context)
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Lyra asks John Faa if she and Iorek can go. She reminds him and Farder Coram... (full context)
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Lyra and Iorek stop when they can see the village. Lyra says that there's something uncanny... (full context)
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Lyra is terrified, but she tugs the door open. Pan runs around as a white ermine,... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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Lyra feels ill and afraid; a human without a dæmon is unnatural and horrid. The boy... (full context)
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...with the gyptians, the men fall back in horror at the sight of Tony Makarios. Lyra explains that the Gobblers cut children's dæmons away. Iorek reprimands the men for shying away... (full context)
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Lyra asks to see Tony Makarios's body. He looks like any other human in death. She... (full context)
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Back at the fire, Lyra sips soup and she and Farder Coram discuss the witches and where they might've been... (full context)
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Lyra asks about the Svalbard bears, which live together. Iorek doesn't respond, and Lyra apologizes for... (full context)
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...Lee Scoresby plans to take his balloon up and spy from the air. They forbid Lyra from joining him, but she pesters him with questions about Svalbard, what would happen if... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...then a mist descends. Suddenly, men start to fall as arrows strike them. Pan knocks Lyra to the ground and Iorek leaps at their attackers. A man hauls Lyra to her... (full context)
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After riding in the sledge for hours, Lyra's captor lets her sit and asks for her name. Realizing that he doesn't know who... (full context)
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Lyra decides to pretend that she's unintelligent. Inside, it looks like a hospital. The man asks... (full context)
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Sister Clara leads Lyra to the cafeteria and a man gives her a tray with food. When she's done... (full context)
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Many girls shake Lyra awake and whisper. One says that they gave Lyra sleeping pills. The girls can't tell... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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Lyra, being practical and rather unimaginative, doesn't worry too much about the gyptians, and instead believes... (full context)
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Lyra asks why the adults are so interested in dæmons. One boy says that they kill... (full context)
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At lunchtime, Lyra turns around to find Billy Costa. She tells him that the gyptians are coming and... (full context)
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After lunch, the doctors test Lyra for Dust. She continues to play dumb and says she's not dusty. During one test,... (full context)
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Outside, the adults barely have control. Lyra finds Billy and Roger and when nobody is looking, hurls a snowball at the crowd.... (full context)
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Lyra tells Kaisa about finding Tony Makarios and notices an empty cage with his name on... (full context)
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Lyra, Roger, and Billy rejoin the group. Lyra asks them to pass around the message that... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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Lyra focuses her attention on hiding her furs. Fortunately, getting the kids into the building is... (full context)
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...cafeteria and as she does, the children fearfully stop talking. A girl named Annie tells Lyra that Mrs. Coulter usually goes to the conference room. Later in the evening, Lyra realizes... (full context)
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Lyra listens to Mrs. Coulter interrogate three men about the dæmons' escape. A man explains that... (full context)
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The doctors deliberate and then decide to secretly perform intercision on Lyra and Pan to keep Lyra from talking. They carry her and Pan to a brightly... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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Lyra trembles and moans as Pan presses himself into her bare chest. He notices the golden... (full context)
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Lyra asks if it has to do with Dust and demands an answer. Mrs. Coulter says... (full context)
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Softly, Mrs. Coulter says that Lyra can sleep in here with her. The golden monkey paces, betraying Mrs. Coulter's impatience. Finally,... (full context)
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Lyra and the children struggle to get out as the fire spreads. They manage to escape... (full context)
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The children excitedly follow Lyra away from Bolvanger. They're thrilled to be saved but disturbed when Lyra tells them about... (full context)
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Mrs. Coulter sets a group of Tartars on the gyptians and Lyra watches her wrestle with Roger. Suddenly, Iorek leaps into the fray and Lyra feels something... (full context)
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Serafina Pekkala confirms that Lyra still has the alethiometer. Kaisa flies up and Serafina passes on that Bolvanger is in... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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Lee Scoresby covers Lyra in furs and after a while, confirms that Lyra is very important. He asks Serafina... (full context)
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...has to do with Iorek's argument with the king of the bears, which also involves Lyra. Scoresby suggests that this is unethical as well as unlikely: Lyra seems freer than anyone.... (full context)
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...witches believe that the things happening at Bolvanger are evil, so they've aligned themselves with Lyra and with the gyptians because of Farder Coram. Because of this, they're also connected to... (full context)
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Lyra wakes up to find everyone but Serafina Pekkala asleep. They discuss the plan for landing... (full context)
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Lyra asks how long witches live and mentions Farder Coram. Serafina Pekkala says that the oldest... (full context)
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Lyra asks why humans have dæmons, but Serafina Pekkala says that nobody knows. Dæmons make them... (full context)
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Lyra asks what Dust is. Serafina Pekkala doesn't know, but says that priests and the Church... (full context)
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Lyra calls for Iorek and Roger, but no one answers. Pan checks the alethiometer and after... (full context)
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The bears lead Lyra up the cliffs. At the top, they instruct her to look up at a massive... (full context)
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Lyra suggests that Iorek will believe Santelia and free him when he arrives, but Santelia says... (full context)
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Lyra sits back and Santelia goes back to sleep. She remembers that the Palmerian Professor said... (full context)
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A bear pushes Lyra into the lavishly decorated but still filthy throne room. Inside, bears wear jewelry instead of... (full context)
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Lyra tells Iofur that Iorek is on his way to steal her back, but she wants... (full context)
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The alethiometer tells Lyra that Iorek is four hours away and that she must trust him. It then says... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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...Iorek, the ceremonial preparations begin. Armorers check Iofur's armor and file his claws to points. Lyra feels sick as she watches Iofur test his claws' sharpness and excuses herself to go... (full context)
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Lyra looks up at the sky and longs for the witches or Ma Costa to sweep... (full context)
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...Iofur roars and gives his own terms, insisting that he summoned Iorek for this fight. Lyra watches and realizes that though Iorek's armor isn't as splendid, it fits him and truly... (full context)
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Iofur taunts Iorek and backs him up across the ground. Lyra cries and knows that Iorek is going to die. In truth, Iorek is tricking Iofur—Iofur... (full context)
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A bear wakes Lyra up and tells her to come to Iorek. When they get to an assembly of... (full context)
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...set up a place worse than Bolvanger and do things that would be illegal elsewhere. Lyra consults the alethiometer and discovers that Lee Scoresby is airborne somewhere far away. She ascertains... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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Lyra and Roger each ride a young bear while Iorek runs ahead of them. Lyra thinks... (full context)
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...building with large lit windows. They head up the final slope and into the courtyard. Lyra and Roger get down and stumble to the door. Thorold answers the door, is surprised... (full context)
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Lyra sits outside the bathroom while Roger bathes. Roger admits that he's afraid of Lord Asriel... (full context)
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Lyra sits across from Lord Asriel. They discuss that Iorek is now king and Lord Asriel... (full context)
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Lord Asriel asks Lyra for her story. When she finishes, she asks him to tell her what Dust is... (full context)
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Lyra asks about the Gobblers, and Lord Asriel explains that Mrs. Coulter started the General Oblation... (full context)
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...cut also releases lots of energy, but no one else has thought to harness it. Lyra thinks it's still too cruel. She asks what Lord Asriel is doing. He says that... (full context)
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Thorold shakes Lyra awake and tells her that Lord Asriel packed instruments, took Roger, and left. He says... (full context)
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Lyra watches the bears fight the witches but then hears Mrs. Coulter's zeppelin approaching with troops.... (full context)
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Lyra feels weak, alone, and frightened. Pan comforts her as she wonders out loud why people... (full context)
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As Lord Asriel connects wires, the Aurora becomes even brighter. Lyra sees a wire heading into the Aurora and knows that a witch put it there.... (full context)
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Lyra watches the golden monkey and Stelmaria meet and touch each other. Mrs. Coulter steps into... (full context)
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Lyra looks at the city in the sky. The sun from it starts to melt the... (full context)