Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness IV: Ninth Bracket Poll

The days are zipping by, polls are getting shorter, and the stakes are getting higher. 

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By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

21 replies on “Middlemarch Madness IV: Ninth Bracket Poll”

I’m going to have a heart attack. People, do you not remember who Lyra is? How she transformed from a directionless little badass in childhood to being utterly self-aware and selfless in her pursuit of restoring humanity and wonder to the world(s)?

It’s impossible to discuss the extraordinary strength that Lyra possesses without ridic spoilers (and I know the book was published in 2000…I remember waiting forever as a kid for it to come out) and I genuinely don’t want to spoil anyone. But Lyra restores humanity to its legacy, to the best part of what our species was always meant to be. Her fearless heart and surprising (to her) capacity for unconditional love makes this possible, at great cost to herself.

I’m just going to leave Lyra’s gift to the world here:

“Even if it means oblivion… I’ll welcome it, because it won’t be nothing, we’ll be alive again in a thousand blades of grass and a million leaves, we’ll be falling in the raindrops and blowing in the fresh breeze, we’ll be glittering in the dew under the stars and the moon out there in the physical world which is our true home and always was. (The Amber Spyglass, page 336)”


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