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Quote #10

The great bear was helpless. Lyra found her power over him almost intoxicating, and if Pantalaimon hadn't nipped her hand sharply to remind her of the danger they were all in, she might have lost all sense of proportion. (19.186)

The novel highlights both the power and the danger of Lyra's gift. Note her feeling of intoxication here – she is almost drunk with power.

Quote #11

"Belacqua? No. You are Lyra Silvertongue," he said. (20.25)

Iorek's proclamation that she is now "Silvertongue," puts a positive spin on Lyra's storytelling.

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