| Quote #1
"What is it?" she said.
Though she tells tall tales, Lyra is the one who receives the gift of the alethiometer.
| Quote #2
"Yes, it might have been. Or else it might've been just in passing. Yes. I think that was it. This Scholar, I think he was from New Denmark, he was talking to the Chaplain about Dust and I was just passing and it sounded interesting so I couldn't help stopping to listen. That's what it was." (5.14)
Lyra often uses her facility with words to gather information or get out of sticky situations.
| Quote #3
"That's a Greek word. I reckon it's from aletheia, which means truth. It's a truth measure." (7.118)
We learn that the root word of the "alethiometer" is truth. Is it possible to measure truth?