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The Amber Spyglass Setting & Symbolism

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The Alethiometer

A device about the size of a pocket compass that can answer questions posed by those who can read it. It has thrity-six pictures around the rim and a needle that points to pictures which reveal an answer to a question.

The Knife

The subtle knife cuts any material and cuts between worlds, but yet is not indestructable. If the bearer of the knife is distracted, the knife will shatter. The knife has intentions of its own, unanticipated by its creators. Will is the bearer of the knife.

Dust/Shadows/Sraf

All names for the same thing. Dust is consciousness. It is also vanishing.

The Amber Spyglass

Mary Malone makes the amber spyglass out of a lacquer made from the sap of seed-pod trees while in the world of the Mulefa. She cuts the sheet in half and creates two lenses. Through two lenses, she can...

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