Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces

Psyche (Istral) Character Analysis

Psyche is Orual’s half-sister, the King’s daughter by his second marriage. She is the most perfect and beautiful woman imaginable, inspiring comparisons to Helen of Troy and Aphrodite herself. Psyche’s physical appearance corresponds to her moral perfection, both of which lead to her becoming a goddess in the end. Orual loves Psyche more than anything, wishing she could be mother, husband, and master to her, and Psyche returns her love. However, Orual’s love quickly becomes destructive when Psyche is selected to be sacrificed because the people’s worship of her has angered Ungit. Psyche doesn’t fight her fate the way Orual wants her to, and Orual feels that Psyche doesn’t truly love her. Similarly, when Orual finds Psyche in the valley, Psyche’s happiness and independence anger Orual, who wants to be necessary to her life. Psyche wants to be loyal to her husband, but she can’t bear to be responsible for Orual’s suicide, so she agrees to look at his face as Orual demands. As a result, Psyche is exiled from Glome and must complete a series of nearly impossible tasks set her by Ungit. Psyche also acts as a Christ figure, first healing the people of a fever and then going to a likely death chained to a tree (reminiscent of the cross) for the good of the people. To Orual, who’s sure she has died, Psyche seems to rise from the dead, as Christ did. Furthermore, Psyche begins life as a human and becomes divine.

Psyche (Istral) Quotes in Till We Have Faces

The Till We Have Faces quotes below are all either spoken by Psyche (Istral) or refer to Psyche (Istral). 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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Part 1: Chapter 2 Quotes

The Fox clapped his hands and sang, “Prettier than Andromeda, prettier than Helen, prettier than Aphrodite herself.”

“Speak words of better omen, Grandfather,” I said, though I knew he would scold and mock me for saying it. For at his words, though on that summer day the rocks were too hot to touch, it was as if a soft, cold hand had been laid on my left side, and I shivered.... I knew it is not good to talk that way about Ungit.

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), The Fox (speaker), Psyche (Istral)
Related Symbols: Ungit
Page Number: 23
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Part 1: Chapter 3 Quotes

Her beauty, which most of them had never seen, worked on them as a terror might work. Then a low murmur, almost a sob, began; swelled, broke into the gasping cry, “A goddess, a goddess.” One woman’s voice rang out clear. “It is Ungit herself in mortal shape.”

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral)
Related Symbols: Ungit
Page Number: 32
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Part 1: Chapter 7 Quotes

Since I write this book against the gods, it is just that I should put into it whatever can be said against myself. So let me set this down: as she spoke I felt, amid all my love, a bitterness. Though the things she was saying gave her (that was plain enough) courage and comfort, I grudged her that courage and comfort. It was as if someone or something else had come in between us. If this grudging is the sin for which the gods hate me, it is one I have committed.

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral)
Page Number: 74-75
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Part 1: Chapter 11 Quotes

For the world had broken in pieces and Psyche and I were not in the same piece. Seas, mountains, madness, death itself, could not have removed her from me to such a hopeless distance as this. Gods, and again gods, always gods... they had stolen her. They would leave us nothing. A thought pierced up through the crust of my mind like a crocus coming up in the early year. Was she not worthy of the gods? Ought they not to have her? But instantly great, choking, blinding waves of sorrow swept it away....

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral)
Page Number: 120-21
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“Get up, girl,” I said. “Do you hear me? Do as you’re told. Psyche, you’ve never disobeyed me before.”

She looked up (wetter every moment) and said, very tender in voice but hard as stone in her determination, “Dear Maia, I am a wife now. It’s no longer you that I must obey.”

I learned then how one can hate those one loves. My fingers were round her wrist in an instant, my other hand on her upper arm. We were struggling.

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral) (speaker), The god of the Grey Mountain (the Brute/the Shadowbrute)
Page Number: 126-27
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Part 1: Chapter 12 Quotes

I must lie on the steps at the great gate of that house and make my petition. I must ask forgiveness of Psyche as well as of the god. I had dared to scold her (dared, what was worse, to try to comfort her as a child) but all the time she was far above me; herself now hardly mortal.... if what I saw was real. I was in great fear. Perhaps it was not real.... Then as I rose... the whole thing was vanished.

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral), The god of the Grey Mountain (the Brute/the Shadowbrute)
Related Symbols: The Palace on the Mountain
Page Number: 133
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I perceived now that there is a love deeper than theirs who seek only the happiness of their beloved. Would a father see his daughter happy as a whore? Would a woman see her lover happy as a coward? My hand went back to the sword. “She shall not,” I thought.... However things might go, whatever the price, by her death or mine or a thousand deaths... Psyche should not—least of all, contentedly—make sport for a demon.

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral), The god of the Grey Mountain (the Brute/the Shadowbrute)
Page Number: 138
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Part 1: Chapter 14 Quotes

You are indeed teaching me about kinds of love I did not know. It is like looking into a deep pit. I am not sure whether I like your kind better than hatred. Oh, Orual—to take my love for you, because you know it goes down to my very roots and cannot be diminished by any other newer love, and then to make of it a tool, a weapon, a thing of policy and mastery, an instrument of torture—I begin to think I never knew you. Whatever comes after, something that was between us dies here.

Related Characters: Psyche (Istral) (speaker), Orual (The Queen)
Page Number: 165
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Part 1: Chapter 15 Quotes

He made it to be as if, from the beginning, I had known that Psyche’s lover was a god, and as if all my doubtings, fears, guessings, debatings, questionings of Bardia, questionings of the Fox, all the rummage and business of it, had been trumped-up foolery, dust blown in my own eyes by myself. You, who read my book, judge. Was it so?

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral), Bardia, The god of the Grey Mountain (the Brute/the Shadowbrute)
Page Number: 173
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Part 1: Chapter 20 Quotes

I must now pass quickly over many years... during which the Queen of Glome had more and more a part in me and Orual had less and less. I locked Orual up or laid her asleep as best I could somewhere deep down inside me; she lay curled there. It was like being with child, but reversed; the thing I carried in me grew slowly smaller and less alive.

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral)
Page Number: 226
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But the change of my quarters, and later changes (for I tried every side of the house) did no good. I discovered that there was no part of the palace from which the swinging of those chains could not be heard; at night, I mean, when the silence grows deep. It is a thing no one would have found out who was not always afraid of hearing one sound; and at the same time (that was Orual, Orual refusing to die) terribly afraid of not hearing it if for once—if possibly, at last, after ten thousand mockeries—it should be real, if Psyche had come back.

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral)
Related Symbols: The Chains in the Well
Page Number: 229
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Part 2: Chapter 1 Quotes

Oh, Queen Orual, I begin to think you know nothing of love.... Perhaps you who spring from the gods love like the gods. Like the Shadowbrute. They say the loving and the devouring are all one, don’t they? ...You’re full fed. Gorged with other men’s lives, women’s too: Bardia’s, mine, the Fox’s, your sister’s—both your sisters’.

Related Characters: Ansit (speaker), Orual (The Queen), Psyche (Istral), Redival, The Fox, Bardia, The god of the Grey Mountain (the Brute/the Shadowbrute)
Related Symbols: Ungit
Page Number: 264-65
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Part 2: Chapter 3 Quotes

But to steal her love from me! ...Do you think that we mortals will find you gods easier to bear if you’re beautiful? I tell you that if that’s true we’ll find you a thousand times worse. For then (I know what beauty does) you’ll lure and entice. You’ll leave us nothing; nothing that’s worth our keeping or your taking. Those we love best—whoever’s most worth loving—those are the very ones you’ll pick out.... It would be far better for us if you were foul and ravening. We’d rather you drank their blood than stole their hearts. We’d rather they were ours and dead than yours and made immortal.

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral)
Page Number: 291
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Part 2: Chapter 4 Quotes

Each breath I drew let into me new terror, joy, overpowering sweetness. I was pierced through and through with the arrows of it. I was being unmade. I was no one. But that’s little to say; rather, Psyche, herself was, in a manner, no one. I loved her as I would once have thought it impossible to love, would have died any death for her. And yet, it was not, not now, that she really counted. Or if she counted... it was for another’s sake. The earth and stars and sun, all that was or will be, existed for his sake. And he was coming. The most dreadful, the most beautiful, the only dread and beauty there is, was coming.

Related Characters: Orual (The Queen) (speaker), Psyche (Istral)
Page Number: 307
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Psyche (Istral) Character Timeline in Till We Have Faces

The timeline below shows where the character Psyche (Istral) appears in Till We Have Faces. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 2
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The King names his baby daughter Istra. Orual knows that in Greek, the name is Psyche. There are babies all over the... (full context)
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Orual takes on the raising of Psyche, finding her a nurse and having both of them constantly in her chamber. The Fox... (full context)
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Psyche’s beauty is natural and astonishing once an onlooker leaves her presence. She seems to be... (full context)
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The King now completely trusts the Fox, who often brings Orual and Psyche to a hilltop where they can see all across Glome and the Grey Mountain. Psyche... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 3
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...to stay with Orual and the Fox, Redival grows irritable. She even gets angry with Psyche, and when she hits Psyche one day, Orual attacks Redival. Orual’s happy time has ended. (full context)
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...The harvest is poor and the King fails in his attempts to remarry. One day, Psyche and Redival wander off through the gardens while Orual and the Fox are studying philosophy.... (full context)
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Orual discovers that Psyche has had similar encounters in the past, and she fears that the gods will be... (full context)
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Psyche nurses the Fox back to health, getting angry if anyone tries to stop her. Gossip... (full context)
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Dressed in finery, Psyche goes out the palace gates, and the people fall silent and kneel in response to... (full context)
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The next day, Psyche falls ill with the fever, talking in her delirium of her imagined palace on the... (full context)
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...anyone, but Redival assures her that no one cares about her now that they’ve seen Psyche. (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 4
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Orual has known little about the people until now. Their love of Psyche comforts her somewhat; even if Ungit might be angry, the Priest of Ungit would probably... (full context)
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...finds Redival returning with Batta from visiting the house of Ungit. Redival makes fun of Psyche being regarded as a goddess and reveals that she saw her alone in the city.... (full context)
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Orual watches the city, waiting for Psyche to return, and the city begins to look like an enemy. When Psyche comes home,... (full context)
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Orual is angry at the people and insists the King must know. Psyche soothes her, saying she looks like the King when she gets angry. Orual is hurt,... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 5
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...and Orual is ashamed to see the King’s relief. She thought he was fighting for Psyche, but, in fact, he has only been defending himself the whole time. The Priest proclaims... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 6
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...could, and then offer the King of Phars the crown itself if he would save Psyche. He would lose his own life to save her. He suggests that they fight, since... (full context)
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...die to save him, but he only threatens to beat her again. He says that Psyche is his girl, and he has the right to do with her as he likes.... (full context)
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Orual stands and asks that she be sacrificed in Psyche’s place. The King then leads her to a huge mirror on the other side of... (full context)
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...Redival. Redival seeks comfort, but Orual leaves her. She blames Redival for spreading word about Psyche to the house of Ungit. Even if Redival is sorry now, Orual knows she won’t... (full context)
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Orual is injured from the King’s beatings, but she goes to the room where Psyche has been imprisoned. Bardia is guarding the door and says he can’t let Orual in,... (full context)
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...he decides to let her in, saying that he would die if it would save Psyche. Even though he’s captain of the guard, he wouldn’t let anyone else guard her door,... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 7
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There is only one small, high window in the room where Psyche is held. She sits on a bed with a lamp, and Orual throws herself upon... (full context)
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Psyche smiles and sits tall, frightening Orual. Psyche reminds her sister that the Fox always told... (full context)
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Orual weeps in Psyche’s lap, wishing Psyche would cry in hers instead. Psyche says that because they have divine... (full context)
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When Psyche calms down, she says that the Priest of Ungit has visited her. She wonders if... (full context)
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Even though Orual would die for Psyche, she feels angry with her for being so calm and seeming not to mind saying... (full context)
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Desperately, Orual asks whether Psyche even cares that she’s leaving Orual behind, and wonders if she ever loved her. Psyche... (full context)
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Psyche admits, to Orual’s dismay, that she has always almost wanted death. Orual thinks this means... (full context)
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Psyche points out that she’s going to the Mountain, where she always dreamed of a palace.... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 8
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Outside Psyche’s prison chamber, Orual begins to feel her injuries. She plans to go to the Mountain... (full context)
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...Outside, she hears singing and the noise of a large crowd. Orual struggles to see Psyche, but it’s worse when she does. She’s been made to look like a temple girl,... (full context)
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...on some kind of work and never to love. In Orual’s hallucinations, she imagines that Psyche is her enemy, excluding her from children’s games or stealing an imagined husband away from... (full context)
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...has left, and the animals are returning. Furthermore, the people now adore the King. When Psyche was sacrificed, he grieved very publicly but said he had to let it happen for... (full context)
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...he still believes that Ungit doesn’t exist. Orual thinks the changes in Glome immediately after Psyche’s sacrifice prove she does, but the Fox insists it was a coincidence. Orual reminds him... (full context)
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...had been delayed a few days, Glome’s fortune would have changed on its own and Psyche wouldn’t have died. The Fox finds comfort in the fact that Psyche went to her... (full context)
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...to. Orual intends to go to the Mountain and see if there’s anything left of Psyche that she can burn or bury. The Fox approves of the idea, but says Orual... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 9
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...he won’t make her do work for him. The King speaks as though he loved Psyche very much, and now he’s left with the two daughters he hates. (full context)
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...she doesn’t know what she’ll do afterwards. It seems that once she has dealt with Psyche’s remains, the part of her life with Psyche in it will be entirely gone. She... (full context)
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...better. She proved she had a natural talent for fighting when she attacked him outside Psyche’s door, and he offers to teach her how to use a sword. Orual doesn’t see... (full context)
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...been this way before, and she sees dawn coming. They pass the road by which Psyche was taken, but they take a shorter way, riding up to a ridge. On top... (full context)
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...continue on, she tells herself she can’t feel this way as she’s about to bury Psyche, because it makes it seem that she doesn’t love her. She knows too much of... (full context)
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...the valley on foot and climb towards the Tree. Orual fears that she won’t find Psyche’s remains. When they reach the Tree, they find chains hanging from it, but nothing else. (full context)
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Bardia says that the god must have taken Psyche, because no animal would have been able to get her whole body out of the... (full context)
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...from a stream when she hears two people cry out and looks up to see Psyche standing on the other side. (full context)
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Orual laughs and cries with joy until Bardia warns her that it could be Psyche’s ghost, but then he exclaims that she is a goddess. Orual feels no fear of... (full context)
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...confusion of happiness. They sit down together, and, seeing that Orual is short of breath, Psyche brings her some berries in a leaf and spring water in her hands. She speaks... (full context)
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When Psyche was taken from the palace, she was in a foggy state of mind due to... (full context)
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...that she hurry so they can plan for the future and get to safety, but Psyche insists that they are safe, and she is home. (full context)
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When everyone finally left Psyche at the Tree, all was still and she was thirsty. She realized that she couldn’t... (full context)
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The only thing that comforted Psyche was a vague thought of the Fox’s philosophy about the divine mixed with the Priest... (full context)
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Psyche assures Orual that she was awake. West-wind was in a human shape, but as different... (full context)
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Orual thinks it all must have been a dream, but Psyche insists that everything before the sacrifice feels more like a dream now. When West-wind set... (full context)
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Psyche was afraid and ashamed, but went inside. She heard women’s voices welcoming her, and though... (full context)
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Orual bursts out that if all Psyche says is true, everything she’s believed is false. She wants to see the palace. Psyche... (full context)
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Orual and Psyche stand like enemies about to fight, watching each other. Orual is trying to write the... (full context)
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Psyche thinks that Orual does see the palace, and Orual becomes angry like her father the... (full context)
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Psyche then becomes sad and understands that Orual truly can’t see the palace. Psyche’s complete belief... (full context)
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Orual feels horrible grief at this new distance between herself and Psyche. For a moment she thinks that the gods should have Psyche because she is worthy... (full context)
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Orual had forgotten about the god, and now she begins to hate him as Psyche talks of him like she’s a young wife. When Psyche reminds Orual that the god... (full context)
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Psyche admits that she has not seen the god, because he only comes to her in... (full context)
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Psyche again assures Orual that the god will make everything all right, but Orual snarls that... (full context)
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Orual reiterates her desire for Psyche to return to her, but Psyche insists that Orual must come to her instead. Orual... (full context)
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Orual commands Psyche to obey her. Psyche says that she now must obey her husband. Orual begins to... (full context)
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Psyche regrets Orual’s anger and wishes they could have feasted together, but she knows that Orual... (full context)
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Once Orual has crossed the river, she begs again for Psyche to come with her. Psyche says that she can’t because she’s now a wife, but... (full context)
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...sees a huge palace, incredibly beautiful and entirely dark. Somewhere inside, she thinks, something holds Psyche in its arms, and Orual wonders if it will punish her. She knows she must... (full context)
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...out of the way of the gods by acting piously. Orual asks whether he thinks Psyche is mad or the palace is real, and Bardia is sure she isn’t mad, but... (full context)
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...certain of the situation, and she thinks that everyone in Glome would agree with him. Psyche was given to the Shadowbrute, and it ended Glome’s problems. Something godlike and disgusting is... (full context)
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Orual touches her sword hilt. Before the sacrifice, she swore that she would kill Psyche rather than let a monster have her. Now she swears it again and cries. Doubting... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 13
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When Orual reaches her chamber, the Fox is waiting for her, and she tells him Psyche is alive. She bathes and eats, and then welcomes him to her table. He is... (full context)
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...her vision of the palace, but decides he wouldn’t take it seriously. She suggests that Psyche’s lover might also be a delusion, but the Fox argues that someone must have freed... (full context)
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The Fox points out that Psyche will get pregnant soon, which makes Orual want to torture Psyche’s lover to death. She... (full context)
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Orual can’t think how to convince Psyche to leave the Mountain besides using force, but the Fox points out that they have... (full context)
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Orual says she feels responsible for Psyche, and she will do anything to get her away from the man who has trapped... (full context)
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...anything, and they’re easily distracted. She feels that no one but she really cares about Psyche. She must make a plan herself. She must guess the answer to the riddle, and... (full context)
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...realizes that this doesn’t matter, because both men think that something bad has control of Psyche. Orual herself is the only one who ever imagined that Psyche’s husband might be something... (full context)
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Orual must get Psyche away. Suddenly she remembers how happy Psyche looked in the valley, and she again feels... (full context)
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Orual feels very sure about her task. She crosses the river and calls for Psyche, who comes immediately. The sisters look like two faces of love—Psyche joyful, Orual the bearer... (full context)
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The two women sit down, and Psyche remarks on Orual’s angry expression. Orual asks her not to be critical, because they have... (full context)
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...people sometimes have to hurt the ones they love, and that she’s about to hurt Psyche, but Psyche is too young to make her own decisions. Psyche insists that her husband... (full context)
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Psyche is silent. When Orual tries to comfort her, Psyche says she is angry, but she... (full context)
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Psyche is surprised that the Fox even believes in the Brute. Orual didn’t say he did,... (full context)
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Orual says that if Psyche is so sure of herself, she shouldn’t be afraid to test her claim. Orual shows... (full context)
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Psyche says that Orual doesn’t know much about love. Orual retorts that if Psyche wants to... (full context)
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The sun is setting, and Orual’s time is running out. She commands Psyche to obey her, but Psyche tells her that she no longer has to do so.... (full context)
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Psyche says that Orual only has power over her through the threat of suicide, not murder.... (full context)
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Psyche will only swear because she has faith that her husband will be more understanding than... (full context)
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Orual wants to take everything back, but instead she offers her dagger for Psyche to swear on. Psyche says her happiness might be destroyed by sunrise, but Orual has... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 15
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...When she comes to, she drinks water and realizes that she left her food with Psyche. She wishes Bardia were there with her instead of Gram. She waits by the river,... (full context)
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However, Orual can’t help fearing that she might have done wrong. She imagines Psyche lost and in despair, all because of Orual. Orual often has the urge to cross... (full context)
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...is painful. She realizes she might die as a result of this night. She imagines Psyche mourning her death, and everyone else showing their love for her now that she’s dead.... (full context)
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...and the river rapidly floods as torrential rains fall. Orual thinks this means she was right—Psyche’s husband is something horrible that is now enraged. Even if it kills them both, Psyche... (full context)
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...else is silent as the god speaks in a voice without anger. He says that Psyche must go into exile, and Orual will know herself and see what she does, and... (full context)
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When dawn comes, the valley is completely ruined. Orual calls for Psyche again and again, but she knows that Psyche has gone into exile. Orual finds Gram,... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 16
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...the Mountain, but hides her wound from him, knowing he wouldn’t approve of her coercing Psyche the way she did. She accidentally reveals her anger with him for going to sleep... (full context)
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Orual tells the Fox only that a storm flooded the valley and she heard Psyche leaving Glome. Eventually he forces her to admit to her plan with the lamp. He... (full context)
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The Fox asks how Orual convinced Psyche to go through with the plan. Orual knows that if she admits that she told... (full context)
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...almost disappointed to find that she continues to live her same old life. She makes Psyche’s room look as it did in their happy days. When she finds a hymn to... (full context)
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...drive her feminine parts away. Sometimes at night, she gives in to her despair about Psyche and weeps, wondering where she is, but afterwards she becomes stony again. Bardia teaches her... (full context)
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...always waiting to hear. She goes outside in pursuit of the noise and calls for Psyche, but soon she realizes that it was only the chains of the well swinging in... (full context)
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...Pillar Room to get away from the King and sends Trunia to the room where Psyche was kept before the sacrifice. (full context)
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...has to fight, and imagines everyone being ashamed of her. They would all think that Psyche was better than Orual, both in beauty and bravery. She insists to herself that Psyche... (full context)
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Orual realizes that she’s thinking the way she did when she was sick and Psyche seemed like her enemy. She begins to think the gods have sent Argan to kill... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 18
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...only liked her because he had no one else. In fact, she thinks, he loved Psyche better. But part of Orual knows this isn’t true. (full context)
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Nobles wait at the palace gate to accompany the party. Orual thinks of Psyche going this way to heal the people and then to be sacrificed. She wonders if... (full context)
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...She wonders if Bardia acts that way, which brings on loneliness for both him and Psyche. She wishes she could have married Bardia and had Psyche as their daughter. She discovers... (full context)
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...but she’s also scared of not hearing it, in case one day it will be Psyche. However, she knows that if Psyche were alive and wanted to return, she already would... (full context)
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...the sound, but for a while she’s tormented by dreams that she has walled up Psyche or Orual. The dreams eventually end, and the next year she defeats the kingdom of... (full context)
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...ages, he strays from philosophy towards beauty and poetry. Sometimes he mistakes the Queen for Psyche or other people. (full context)
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...writes Greek verses for his gravestone. He is buried behind the pear trees, where he, Psyche, and Orual were happy. Life goes on until the Queen decides she’s sick of seeing... (full context)
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...gives, inquiring as to the name of the goddess. The priest says she is called Istra. This is a common name, so the Queen doesn’t react. The priest of Istra explains... (full context)
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The priest of Istra tells the story as though he has often repeated it, and the Queen realizes that... (full context)
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...it as she would have been in the past. She asks how the priest of Istra came to hear this story, but he’s confused and says only that it’s the sacred... (full context)
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The Queen asks the priest of Istra why the sisters wanted to get Istra away from the god if they had seen... (full context)
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...the gods would use such a debasing lie by saying that she was jealous of Psyche. The priest speaks of Istra weeping, and the Queen can almost hear it. He says... (full context)
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The Queen asks when Istra’s veil will be removed. The priest of Istra says they do it every spring, but... (full context)
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...she asks the reader to judge between her and the gods. They gave her only Psyche to love, and then took her away. Furthermore, they forced her to be responsible for... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 1
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...she was lonely. She used to say that Orual loved her until the Fox and Psyche came, and then Orual stopped loving her. The Queen isn’t sure whether to believe him,... (full context)
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...court, but not caring about any of it. Her only comfort is that she loved Psyche well, and the gods are at fault in that quarter. To revel in this, she... (full context)
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...god. She would have preferred if they were like Ungit; she would have preferred if Psyche had been eaten. It’s worse that the gods stole Psyche from Orual. Their beauty lures... (full context)
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Orual knows the gods will say she had enough signs that Psyche’s palace was real, but she didn’t want to acknowledge it. They’ll say she was jealous... (full context)
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...sees a woman walking to a river and tying her ankles together. She realizes it’s Psyche. Orual is overcome by Psyche’s beauty, and cries out, “Do not do it.” She doesn’t.... (full context)
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The Fox asks whether Orual understands the pictures. She doesn’t see how Psyche could have been so happy, but the Fox says that Orual took on all of... (full context)
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On the final wall, Orual sees Psyche walking down into the earth. The Fox explains that everyone is born into the house... (full context)
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Orual can’t believe she and the Fox did such awful things to Psyche in the name of love. The Fox says that as the gods become more beautiful,... (full context)
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Voices from outside announce that Psyche is approaching, bringing the casket of beauty from the land of the dead. The Fox... (full context)
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Psyche says Orual must stand up so that she can give her the casket to make... (full context)
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...courtyard, and everyone seems awed. They say that the god is coming to judge Orual. Psyche brings her to the edge of a pool as the air becomes bright. Orual feels... (full context)