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.
Lord Asriel himself brought it to this college, when you were just a baby.
What does it do?
It tells you the truth.
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.
keep your own council.
Not a word to anyone. Not even Mrs. Coulter.