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The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass Chapter 14 Summary
Bolvangar Lights Lyra is afraid Mrs. Coulter is pursuing the sledge, but it turns out they've run into another enemy. Arrows fly into the camp. Lyra's hands are tied together and her head is hooded. She's hauled away on a sledge. After a while the hood is removed and she sees a "broad Asiatic face" (14.50). The man asks her name in broken English and she says "Lizzie Brooks." He tells her his people are hunters, "Samoyed peoples" (14.39). Lyra makes sure she has the alethiometer and puts the spyfly tin in her boot. The party travels farther until they come to a gate and she's released. She's held up to a man who looks not like a native but "could have been a Jordan Scholar" (14.58). The man takes particular interest in Pan, whose shape he inquires about. Can he still change? Pan changes to prove he can. The man is satisfied. The man pays the hunter, and the people who captured Lyra depart. The man takes Lyra inside. She decides to play dumb and sticks with the Lizzie Brooks story. She is handed off to a nurse with a little white dog daemon who lets her shower and puts her in nice but weirdly secondhand pajamas. She manages to keep her alethiometer on her and tuck away the spyfly as well. The nurse takes her to the canteen where there's a photogram (kind of like a photograph, but everything is a little different in Lyra's world) of a tropical beach. Lyra wolfs down some food. She makes up a story to tell her captors: she was travelling with her father, who is a hunter, from London. They buy the story. She tells them her hunting party was attacked, but the man says no, she just wandered away from her party and she's in a good place now. Lyra soon crashes to sleep. When she wakes there are three girls her own age around her bed, shaking her awake. They say she must've been given sleeping pills. The girls are Annie, Bella, and Martha. They tell her that children come and go here, usually in large groups. Nobody knows what happens to them. She also learns that Mrs. Coulter sometimes comes by and takes children away. They never come back. The girls tell Lyra that people weigh and measure the daemons quite a bit. Apparently they're measuring Dust, which the children don't know much more about. The children tell Lyra that Mrs. Coulter is coming back "the day after tomorrow" (14.189) Lyra is afraid.
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