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Circe's Power

Circe's Power

by Louise Glück

Lies and Deceit Quotes

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Quote #4

You think a few tears upset me? My friend,/every sorceress is/ a pragmatist at heart; (19-21)

Who is crying here? We are dying to know. In any case, Circe seems to be shattering some myth about sorceress, revealing that they are actually just really good at things like Excel spreadsheets and balancing checkbooks. What would a practical sorceress be like in your mind?

Quote #5

nobody sees essence who can't/ Face limitation. (21-22)

OK, this is a really deep moment, and, besides making us think that Circe is truly one philosophical sorceress, it also makes us think that her relationship with Odysseus is full of rich conversations like these. Perhaps their relationship (and their needs) are not so simple after all.

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