The Golden Compass


“…hold yourself in readiness…” (149).

One of my students referred to Philip Pullman; I was intrigued.
“…fighting the forms in the air, those dark intentions…” (392) “…a catastrophe of flame…” (385) “…no one thought it would ever be possible…Well, we were wrong…we had to learn to see it…” (376) “…at last there was a physical proof that something happened when innocence changed into experience” (373).
“Everything out there is alive, and there are grand purposes abroad! The universe is full of intentions, you know. Everything happens for a purpose” (330).
“But you cannot change what you are, only what you do” (315).
“We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not,” said the witch, “or we will die of despair” (310).
“And how do you know where these meanings are?” “I kind of see ’em. Or feel ’em rather, like climbing down a ladder at night, you put your foot down and there’s another rung. Well, I put my mind down and there’s another meaning, and I kind of sense what it is. There’s a trick in it like focusing your eyes” (151).
“It only works if the questioner holds the levels in their mind…without fretting at it or pushing for an answer, and just watch…” (126).
“She remembered what she had to do
and tapped on the glass door.
It opened almost at once” (72).

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