Lyra is gifted the rare truth-telling alethiometer | His Dark Materials – BBC


Ah, good girl. Come quickly, we haven’t long.
I’m leaving Jordan to live with Mrs. Coulter and Rodger and no-one-
No-one is stopping you.
You know about that?
Mrs. Coulter has spoken to me, yes. I arranged it all myself.
The part of your life that belongs to Jordan College is coming to an end.
Now, please sit.
So why am I here then?
Lyra, I promised once to do everything I could to protect you from anyone who might do you harm.
Protect me- from what?
And the older you’ve got, the more I’ve felt the importance of that promise.
Who did you promise?
I think Mrs. Coulter will do her best by you, but I can’t be sure.
So I’m going to give you something,
and I need you to promise that you will keep it private.
This matters, Lyra. We need your word.
What is it?
It’s an alethiometer.
One of only six that were ever made.
It’s beautiful.
Lord Asriel himself brought it to this college, when you were just a baby.
It’s extraordinary.
What does it do?
It tells you the truth.
How?
That, Pan and you will
have to learn by yourselves.
But please know that it is illegal unless approved by the Magisterium.
So secrecy is-
No, no, no. I don’t want secrets.
It’s my uncle’s, he wouldn’t want me to have it anyway.
Lyra, look at me.
The powers of this world are very strong.
Men and women are moved by tides, ones fiercer than you can imagine.
This, hopefully, will provide you with some protection.
Go well, Lyra.
Goodbye Lyra.
And-
keep your own council.
Not a word to anyone. Not even Mrs. Coulter.

38 comments

  1. Really enjoyed the first episode! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. So far, I'm happy with how things are. The film, while well casted and visually impressive, didn't do a really good job on how they structured their storytelling. It just kept jumping from one thing to another without clear reasoning as to why. So far I'm liking the way the storytelling is in episode 1, but we shall see how it plays out in further episode but I am very impressed with what I have seen so far

  2. Really enjoyed the first episode! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. So far, I'm happy with how things are. The film, while well casted and visually impressive, didn't do a really good job on how they structured their storytelling. It just kept jumping from one thing to another without clear reasoning as to why. So far I'm liking the way the storytelling is in episode 1, but we shall see how it plays out in further episode but I am very impressed with what I have seen so far

  3. Phillip Pullman called C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia "Evil" "Mysogynistic" and "Immoral." He can get lost, the pathetic man.

  4. 2 old men send under age girl to her death with only a compass as a guide. Seems Legit. . . If it sticks to the original material I'll watch to the end.

  5. Kept falling asleep ..dunno if l was tired or it was boring …l know it was beautifully filmed but l never got any sense of danger or actual chronology…could be because l zubbed in and out but l had been looking forward to it ..so was surprised to find myself falling asleep..the books are lyrical and haunting but despite excellent photography l just wasn't feeling it as our American cousins say..l will persevere with it in hope it grabs my attention..l mean mad alice as mrs coulter was genius casting and mcavoy is normally good value but we will see ..just read some accounts and apparently l'm not the only one thought it wasnt exactly gripping..but here's looking forward to next weeks episode.

  6. What where the viewing figures? I expect the Strictly and Downton Abbey type viewers to declare it a waste of the BBC licence fee. Such programs are normally found on Netflix or Sky.

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