Feb. 14, 2012
The consul turned to Farder Coram and said: “Do you realize who this child is?”
“She’s the daughter of Lord Asriel,” said Farder Coram.
“And her mother is Mrs. Coulter, of the Oblation Board.”
“And apart from that?”
The old gyptian had to shake his head. “No,” he said, “I don’t know  any more. But she’s a strange innocent creature, and I wouldn’t have her  harmed for the world. How she comes to read that instrument I couldn’t  guess, but I believe her when she talks of it. Why, Dr. Lanselius? What  do you know about her?”
“The witches have talked about this child for centuries past,” said  the consul. “Because they live so close to the place where the veil  between the worlds is thin, they hear immortal whispers from time to  time, in the voices of those beings who pass between the worlds. And  they have spoken of a child such as this, who has a great destiny that  can only be fulfilled elsewhere-not in this world, but far beyond.  Without this child, we shall all die. So the witches say. But she must  fulfill this destiny in ignorance of what she is doing, because only in  her ignorance can we be saved. Do you understand that, Farder Coram?”
“No,” said Farder Coram, “I’m unable to say that I do.”
“What it means is that she must be free to make mistakes. We must  hope that she does not, but we can’t guide her. I am glad to have seen  this child before I die.”
- Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass)

The consul turned to Farder Coram and said: “Do you realize who this child is?”

“She’s the daughter of Lord Asriel,” said Farder Coram.

“And her mother is Mrs. Coulter, of the Oblation Board.”

“And apart from that?”

The old gyptian had to shake his head. “No,” he said, “I don’t know any more. But she’s a strange innocent creature, and I wouldn’t have her harmed for the world. How she comes to read that instrument I couldn’t guess, but I believe her when she talks of it. Why, Dr. Lanselius? What do you know about her?”

“The witches have talked about this child for centuries past,” said the consul. “Because they live so close to the place where the veil between the worlds is thin, they hear immortal whispers from time to time, in the voices of those beings who pass between the worlds. And they have spoken of a child such as this, who has a great destiny that can only be fulfilled elsewhere-not in this world, but far beyond. Without this child, we shall all die. So the witches say. But she must fulfill this destiny in ignorance of what she is doing, because only in her ignorance can we be saved. Do you understand that, Farder Coram?”

“No,” said Farder Coram, “I’m unable to say that I do.”

“What it means is that she must be free to make mistakes. We must hope that she does not, but we can’t guide her. I am glad to have seen this child before I die.”

- Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass)

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    The consul turned to Farder Coram and said: “Do you realize who this child is?” “She’s the daughter of Lord Asriel,”...
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  3. keruppi reblogged this from goldencompass and added:
    these books are some of my favorite
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    HIS DARK MATERIALS never gets enough fanart.
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#His Dark Materials #philip pullman #the golden compass #lyra #the alethiometer #books #fuck yeah reading


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