Jul. 15th, 2004

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Anchor, hourglass, bird. Lyra concentrates.

Kassandra and Ophelia, do they still have daemons?

She lets herself relax, unfocus, so the alethiometer can guide her. It's much harder now than it was a year ago, but she can still control it; the long hand of the alethiometer begins swinging, around and around. At last it stops at lizard, serpent, elephant, camel, bird -- in fact, at every animal around the alethiometer's brass rim. It takes Lyra forty minutes to interpret the answer, which turns out to be a simple

Yes, yes, yes.

Can I show them their daemons?

She turns the hands again, waits again. The answer this time involves eight different symbols, with layers and layers of meaning all interwoven. Lyra sits in her room, with the light burning, and Pantalaimon at her side, reading and reading until she can understand what the alethiometer is trying to tell her. At last understanding, she falls into sleep.

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