Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces

Tarin begins as a palace guard, but when he’s caught kissing Redival, the King makes him a eunuch. At the end of the book, he comes back to Glome in a delegation from a greater kingdom where eunuchs are highly prized. He’s grown fat and conceited, and he tells Orual that he pitied Redival when they were younger, because she felt lonely and abandoned when Orual began devoting all her time to Psyche. This begins to change Orual’s view of Redival and herself.
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Tarin Character Timeline in Till We Have Faces

The timeline below shows where the character Tarin appears in Till We Have Faces. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 3
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Jealousy Theme Icon
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One night Batta hears Redival and Tarin, a guardsman, kissing beneath her window. She alerts the King, who surprises the couple and... (full context)
Self-understanding Theme Icon
The next year, there is a rebellion. Tarin’s father allies himself with strong noblemen, and the King himself rides into battle against them.... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 1
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...leader is a monstrously 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... (full context)
Love and Devouring Theme Icon
Jealousy Theme Icon
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Tarin asks about Redival, and the Queen tells him she’s the Queen of Phars. Tarin remembers... (full context)