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TILL WE HAVE FACES CS LEWIS The first person narrative in the ancient kingdom of Glome a land ruled by a tyrannical king and religious goddess Ungit Narrated by Princess later Queen Orual The first section of this novel presents itself as an open complaint against the gods particularly the god of the Grey Mountain who brought Orual such pain and distress over the years yet offer no answers or explanations to justify the suffering Orual says she had suffered much at the hands of the gods but what most torments her is the loss of her previous sister Istra Psyche in which loss Orual shares responsibility and blame this loss of Psyche results primarily from Oruals jealously and rage at the gulf dividing herself non-believer and Psyche believer The second and much shorter section of the novel which breaks off with the dying Queen Oruals last utterance proclaims the Queens great realizations She now understands why there can be no answer no justification from the gods and her charges against them How can they speak to us face to face she asks till we have faces TWHF pg 201 Throughout the book Orual expresses her love for Psyche as well as her fear of loosing Psyche The sin of jealousy and obsessive love leads Orual to resist yielding to the higher love destined for Psyche and ultimately to destruction of the object of her love and the hardening of Oruals soul to the point of self-induced misery and guilt for the rest of her days Orual first feels the pain of the great gulf after the kingdoms subjects begin to perceive that the Princess Psyche is something more than a mortal that she is somehow touched by the gods Her beauty is remarkable certainly but it is not only her beauty that convinces the kingdom of her uniqueness A certain radiance and artless perfection seem to emanate from the young women The sick
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