Till We Have Faces

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This work is based on the book by C.S. Lewis by the same name. In this book, his last and most important, he retells the mythological story of Cupid and Psyche, but this time from the perspective of Orual, Psyche’s older and uglier sister. Orual, during the course of her obsessive caring for her little sister, eventually actually destroyed Psyche’s happiness.

At the end, in her own unhappiness with what she deems “the injustice of the gods” Orual entered the big court of the gods to read her complaints. As she begin reading her voice and words became uglier and uglier until eventually she did not even recognise them as coming from herself.

As she finished talking there was total silence in the court. Not one word was spoken, not even a word of accusation or judgement. Yet Orual had her answer. Her own voice and words showed what she really meant, not what she thought she meant or what she pretended to mean. She saw her true face and did not need any more answers.