Page 82. " last rose as in dance the stately trees, spred their branches & hung with copious fruit... "

Chapter 7 Epigraph

Author: John Milton

Work: Paradise Lost, Book 7, Line 323-325

Full novel on Google Books.

Page 83. " a commentary on the Chinese method of divination, the I Ching "


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While Lyra uses the alethiometer as a means of divination, Mary Mallone uses the method of I Ching which currently exists. The method Mary chooses to use is by using yarrow stalks arranged on a cloth of silk. She then divides the stalks in a zen like state and interprets the shapes left by the pictures of trigrams in the book.


For a little bit more information, Wikipedia holds some answers.

Or you could read the Book of Changes (aka I Ching) here and explore for yourself.

If you don't fancy that much reading and you're lucky enough to have an iPhone, then lo and behold there is quite literally an app for everything. So here is the I Ching app. Otherwise there are some other great resources here.

Page 97. " I have been a stranger in a strange land "

Chapter 8 Epigraph

Author: n/a

Work: Exodus 2:22

Appears to be taken from the American King James Version due to the language.