Till We Have Faces

Redival is the middle sister of the royal family. She’s beautiful, flirtatious, and empty-headed, but she can also be manipulative and cruel. Before Psyche’s birth, she and Orual are close, and Redival then becomes jealous of Orual’s love of Psyche. This, combined with Psyche’s superior beauty, undoubtedly contributes to her ill-will towards her sister. Redival threatens to tell the Priest of Ungit that the people are worshiping Psyche like a goddess, and when the Priest pronounces Psyche the Accursed, Orual blames Redival. Eventually, Orual retreats from her desire to do Redival as much harm as possible, and when she becomes Queen, she marries Redival to Trunia of Phars. Orual always thinks that Redival has the upper hand in life because of her beauty, but in fact, she is far more miserable than she lets on.

Redival Quotes in Till We Have Faces

The Till We Have Faces quotes below are all either spoken by Redival or refer to Redival. 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 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt edition of Till We Have Faces published in 2012.
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 Symbols: Ungit
Page Number: 264-65
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Redival Character Timeline in Till We Have Faces

The timeline below shows where the character Redival appears in Till We Have Faces. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 1
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...According to custom, Orual’s nurse, Batta, cuts off Orual’s hair as well as her sister Redival’s. They are outside the palace, and slave women stand around, mourning the Queen and talking.... (full context)
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...woman. She warns that as soon as the King marries a stepmother for Orual and Redival, their lives will become much harder. One day, the girls are trying to slide on... (full context)
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...will teach him, and in the meantime, he can practice his teaching on Orual and Redival. The King says that the man should make Orual wise, since she won’t be good... (full context)
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...to get the Fox to teach her poetry. He likes her more than he likes Redival, who is unkind and not interested in studying. (full context)
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The King decides that the Fox must teach Orual, Redival, and other noble girls to sing a Greek bridal hymn, even though none of them... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 2
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...for the Fox for the rest of the day. Batta shaves Orual’s head along with Redival’s and confirms that the new Queen has died. The baby, a girl, lives. Orual thinks... (full context)
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...her. Orual, Psyche, and the Fox are always together, and with the King’s mind elsewhere, Redival stays away from the trio. (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 3
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One night Batta hears Redival and Tarin, a guardsman, kissing beneath her window. She alerts the King, who surprises the... (full context)
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...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. When they... (full context)
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...her that the sort of gods who could be jealous only exist in poets’ imaginations. Redival makes jabs at Psyche and the Fox and ponders Ungit’s opinion, then threatens to tell... (full context)
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Redival suddenly begins going to the house of Ungit frequently to make offerings. Orual assumes she’s... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 4
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...no longer needs Orual to help with affairs of state, and one day she finds Redival returning with Batta from visiting the house of Ungit. Redival makes fun of Psyche being... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 5
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...and he has heard of humans taking the place of the gods. Orual immediately blames Redival. The King doesn’t believe that the Brute is real, but the Priest says that a... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 6
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...palace slaves gossiping and an animal sacrifice happening outside. It smells like holiness. She meets Redival, who is worried that they’ll all be sacrificed. Orual swears that if she ever has... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 7
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...to give him whatever message would be polite and proper. Orual urges her to curse Redival, but Psyche pities her instead, telling Orual to give her any of Psyche’s jewelry that... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 10
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...should just be happy, and Orual admits that she could almost forgive the gods and Redival. Psyche says all of their fears are over and offers to tell her story. (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 14
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...that if Psyche wants to talk about her kind of love, she should talk to Redival or Ungit’s girls. Orual’s love is different. Psyche is sad to hear Orual talk this... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 16
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...again. She forces him to release herself and the Fox from the task of watching Redival, and he gives this job to Batta instead. Batta has grown close with the King,... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 18
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The next morning, Orual goes to check on the King as soon as she wakes. Redival comes in, desperately asking what’s going on in the palace. Orual tells her that if... (full context)
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Redival leaves and the Fox comes in. He apologizes for using Orual’s love for him to... (full context)
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...Trunia that they have a champion to fight for him. She calls for wine, which Redival brings because she wants to see Trunia. She acts like a perfect, dutiful sister. (full context)
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When Redival leaves, Trunia wants to know who Orual is and why she wears a veil. If... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 20
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The next day, they burn the King’s body. The day after, Redival becomes engaged to Trunia. Finally, the palace goes back to normal. As the years pass,... (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 21
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...that just finished in Glome. They stay in Trunia’s palace and the Queen notices that Redival (now his wife) has become fat and ugly. Trunia ignores Redival but gets on well... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 1
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...fat, conceited eunuch. He seems familiar, and eventually she realizes it’s Tarin, who was once Redival’s lover. He reminds her that it was her father who made him a eunuch, luckily... (full context)
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Tarin asks about Redival, and the Queen tells him she’s the Queen of Phars. Tarin remembers Redival as pretty,... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 2
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...for the mirror that used to hang there, but the Queen has given it to Redival. He produces pickaxes and a crowbar and makes her help him take up the floor.... (full context)