Study Guide

A Great and Terrible Beauty Chapter 23

By Libba Bray

Chapter 23

  • The next day the new Order is walking on air, thrilled to share such a powerful secret.
  • Cecily and Elizabeth question Felicity and Pippa to see what is making them so secretly happy, but they won't tell. 
  • In art class, Miss Moore has the girls paint a still life of fruit in a bowl—Gemma whines about this project and Felicity bites into one of the apples.
  • Miss Moore tries to reason with the girls, but ends up giving in and letting them paint whatever they want.
  • Felicity sculpts with clay and Miss Moore reads aloud from David Copperfield.
  • Gemma paints a giant, modern looking apple but can't get the light right, so Miss Moore helps by adding a bit of shading to the outer edge, explaining that one cannot notice the light without darkness.
  • The title of the painting is "The Choice" and they discuss Eve's choice to eat the forbidden apple in the Bible
  • Gemma asks her teacher what to do if you make a choice that is misguided, and she replies that you have to try to fix it or live with it.