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By C.S. Lewis

“I observed good why the gods don't converse to us brazenly, nor allow us to solution . . . Why should still they pay attention the babble that we expect we suggest? How can they meet us head to head until eventually now we have faces?”

Haunted by means of the parable of Cupid and Psyche all through his lifestyles, C.S. Lewis wrote this, his final, awesome novel, to retell their tale throughout the gaze of Psyche’s sister, Orual. Disfigured and embittered, Orual loves her more youthful sister to a fault and suffers deeply whilst she is shipped away to Cupid, the God of the Mountain. Psyche is forbidden to seem upon the god’s face, yet is persuaded through her sister to take action; she is banished for her betrayal. Orual is left by myself to develop in energy yet by no means in love, to ask yourself on the silence of the gods. purely on the finish of her existence, in visions of her misplaced loved sister, will she pay attention a solution.

"Till now we have Faces succeeds in proposing with inventive directness what its writer has defined in other places as ‘the divine, magical, terrifying and ecstatic truth during which all of us stay’ . . . [It] deepens for adults that experience of ask yourself and unusual fact which delights little ones in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and different legends of Narnia." —New York Times

"The most vital and successful paintings that Lewis has . . . produced." —New York bring in Tribune

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Yet that he didn't limp, you'll have concept he were within the arms of the torturers. "Wish me good, daughter," he stated. "For i've got gained a conflict. what is most sensible for his fellows needs to be most sensible for a guy. i'm yet a limb of the complete and needs to paintings within the socket the place i am placed. i will remain, and—" "Oh, Grandfather! " stated I, and wept. "Peace, peace," he stated, embracing me. "What could i've got performed in Greece? My father is useless. My sons have, doubtless, forgotten me. My daughter ... should still I now not be just a trouble—a dream strayed into sunlight because the verse says? in any case, it is a lengthy trip and beset with risks. i would by no means have reached the ocean. " And so he went on, making little of his deed, as though he feared i'd dissuade him from it. yet I, with my face on his breast, felt basically the enjoyment. I went to examine my father repeatedly that day, yet may perhaps see no switch in him. That evening I slept unwell. It was once no longer worry of the wrestle, yet a restlessness that got here from the manifold alterations which the gods have been sending upon me. The outdated Priest's dying, on its own, may were subject for a week's concept. I had was hoping it prior to (and then, if he had died, it may well have stored Psyche) yet by no means particularly reckoned to work out him move greater than to wake one morning and locate the gray Mountain long past. The releasing of the Fox, although I had performed it myself, felt to me like one other very unlikely switch. It was once as though my father's ailment had drawn away a few prop and the total world—all the area I knew—had fallen to items. i used to be touring right into a unusual new land. It was once so new and weird that i couldn't, that evening, even believe my nice sorrow. This astonished me. One a part of me made to grab that sorrow again; it stated, "Orual dies if she ceases to like Psyche. " however the different stated, "Let Orual die. She may by no means have made a queen. " The final day, the eve of the conflict, indicates like a dream. each hour made it extra incredible. The noise and status of my wrestle had acquired overseas (it was once no a part of our coverage to be mystery) and there have been crowds of the typical humans on the palace gates. although I valued their favour not more than it deserved—I remembered how they'd grew to become opposed to Psyche—yet, willy-nilly, their cheering quickened my pulse and despatched one of those insanity into my mind. a number of the higher style, lords and elders, got here to attend upon me. all of them authorised me for Queen, and that i spoke little yet, i feel, well—Bardia and the Fox praised it—and I watched their eyes gazing my veil, obviously considering what it concealed. Then I went to Prince Trunia within the tower room and advised him we had came upon a champion (I didn't say whom) to struggle for him and the way he will be introduced in honourable custody to work out the struggle. notwithstanding this should have been uneasy information for him, he was once too only a guy to not see that we have been utilizing him in addition to our weak spot may endure. Then I known as for wine that we would drink jointly. but if the door opened—this angered me for the moment—instead of my father's butler it was once Redival who got here in bearing the flagon and the cup.

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