The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass Sacrifice Quotes
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Lyra's father stood there, his powerful dark-eyed face at first fierce, triumphant, and eager, and then the color faded from it; his eyes widened in horror, as he recognized his own daughter.
He staggered back and clutched at the mantelpiece. Lyra couldn't move.
"Get out!" Lord Asriel cried. "Turn around, get out, go! I did not send for you!" (21.24-27)
Lord Asriel can't face the sacrifice of his own child. Does he love Lyra? How does his attitude change once he sees Roger?
"And even if – if Mrs. Coulter got to Roger first, there'd be no saving him, because she'd take him back to Bolvangar, or worse, and they'd kill me out of vengeance.... Why do they do these things to children, Pan? Do they all hate children so much, that they want to tear them apart like this? Why do they do it?" (23.6)
The enormity of what the Church and Mrs. Coulter are doing to the children hits Lyra hard here. She sees their actions not as sacrifices, but as indefensible cruelty and barbarism.