Monday, May 02, 2005

Psyche's Palace

"Psyche," said I, leaping up, "I can't bear this any longer. You have told me so many wonders. If this is all true, I've been wrong all my life. Everything has to be begun over again. Psyche, it is true? You're not playing a game with me? Show me. Show me your palace."

"Of course I will," she said, rising. "Let us go in. And don't be afraid whatever you see or hear."

"Is it far?" said I.

She gave me a quick, astonished look. "Far to where?" she said.

"To the palace, to this god's House."

You have seen a lost child in a crowd run up to a woman whom it takes for its mother, and how the woman turns round and shows the face of a stranger, and then the look in the child's eyes, silent a moment before it begins to cry. Psyche's face was like that; checked, blank; happiest assurance suddenly dashed all to pieces.

"Orual," she said, beginning to tremble, "what do you mean?"

I too became frightened, though I had yet no notion of the truth. "Mean?" said I. "Where is the palace? How far have we to go to reach it?"

She gave one loud cry. Then, with white face, staring hard into my eyes, she said, "But this is it, Orual! It is here! You are standing on the stairs of the great gate."
~C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces (1956)

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On this day:

1955 The Magician's Nephew is published by the Bodley Head, London.

4 Comment(s):

At Tue May 03, 03:55:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Till We Have Faces" is my favourite Lewis work. I love it, and often re-read it.

The idea that Orual can't see the palace is sheer brilliance. Though of course it's even more subtle than that. Can she? Can't she? Will she? Won't she?

 
At Tue May 03, 03:56:00 PM EST, Anonymous Kimi said...

<- That was me :-)

 
At Tue May 03, 05:42:00 PM EST, Blogger Arevanye said...

Oh it's my favorite too, Kimi, and I only just read it this year! Sooo much depth to this book.

 
At Tue May 03, 07:15:00 PM EST, Blogger Anamire said...

Oooh...I like this quote. :)

 

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