till we have faces Author:cs lewis The story of a beautiful princess and an ugly princess, the struggle between sacred and profane love, unselfish faith and selfish pride and of the spirit and the flesh. The teller of this timeless tale is Orual, the ugly princess of the kingdom of Glome, who puts on a veil so the world may not see the ugliness of her face and the wretchedness o... more »f her spirit. There is her lovely sister, Psyche, sacrificed to the Moutain God because her people believe that only human nobility could be the source of the disasters that plague them. There is her father, the blindly pitiless king; ungit, the dark and shapeless object of idolatry; the Captain of the Guards whom Orual loved in vain and hence destroys; the Captain's wife who allows her husban's sacrifice; the ruthless challenger wo fights with the feiled princess a bloody duel to the death; and the Mountain God, "He-who-is-not-to-be-seen."
This is a story of love and hatred, of the unloved who destroy those whom they profess to love, of faith and doubt, of penance and forgiveness, and, eventually, of triumph. For Orual comes to remove her veil after a strange pilgrimage; she comes to a great discovery about love and the miracle of beauty, about the spirit's triumph over the body's weakness and the mind's limitations. She learns that only the worthy are admitted to the presence of the gods. The dimensions of the story rise from the deep sources of human experiences, in part suggested by the classical story of Cupid and Psyche.« less