Circe - Chapters Ten, Eleven, and Twelve Summary & Analysis

Madeline Miller
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Chapter Ten continues where Chapter Nine left off: with Circe aboard Daedalus' ship on her way to Crete. After seven days of sailing they arrive, and are immediately called upon by Pasiphaë, who is locked up in her quarters about to give birth. Circe wonders why she was requested, having little knowledge of Childbirth, though before she can ask questions the Queen demands Daedalus to cut her open and he does with much effort. Eventually a caesarian section is performed, and Pasiphaë demands Circe reach in and "Get it out" (123). Circe obliges, and when she inserts her hand, the baby bites two of her fingers off. After a long pause, Daedalus reveals the situation. The gods sent a pure white bull some months back to Crete in order to bless the kingdom of Minos. Pasiphaë wanted to observe the beast...

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