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The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman

Lies and Deceit Quotes

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Quote #7

"How do you do that?"

"By not being human," he said. "That's why you could never trick a bear. We see tricks and deceit as plain as arms and legs. We can see in a way humans have forgotten. But you know about this; you can understand the symbol reader." (13.116-117)

Bears are able to see through human plots and can therefore never be tricked. Well, almost never – why doesn't Iofur see through Lyra's lies?

Quote #8

With every second that went past, with every sentence she spoke, she felt a little strength flowing back. And now that she was doing something difficult and familiar and never quite predictable, namely lying, she felt a sort of mastery again, the same sense of complexity and control that the alethiometer gave her. She had to be careful not to say anything obviously impossible; she had to be vague in some places and invent plausible details in others; she had to be an artist, in short. (17.16)

The narrator compares Lyra's storytelling to artistry. How is the analogy true?

Quote #9

Oh, the wicked liar, oh, the shameless untruths she was telling! And even if Lyra hadn't known them to be lies (Tony Makarios; those caged daemons) she would have hated it with a furious passion. Her dear soul, the darling companion of her heart, to be cut away and reduced to a little trotting pet? (17.38)

Mrs. Coulter lies to Lyra about the procedure performed at the compound in Bolvangar. It seems that unlike Lyra, Mrs. Coulter's lies are used to save people from harm.

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