A Great and Terrible Beauty
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Set at the end of the Victorian era in 1895. Haunted by her mother's death and plagued by psychic visions, Gemma Doyle is shipped from India to a dreary boarding school in England. Once there she must contend with mean girls, mystical visions, a secret Order and a mysterious young Indian man who ... Read More »
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Gemma Doyle is sent to London after her mother's mysterious death. Suddenly Gemma recieves visions. Then she meets an Indian Boy named Kartik whom is from a clan called the Rakshana. He tells her to close her visions, but Gemma cannot as it's the only way to contact her mother.
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"All the small, simple, conscious acts of living [are] a sudden defense against the dying we do every day" (397).
Gemma (thought): "Let's draw the curtains and stay in, warm and safe, away from the uncertain woods" (204).
Miss Moore: "Your mind is not a cage. It's a garden. And it requires cultivating" (128).
What frightens you? What makes the hair on your arms rise, your palms sweat, the breath catch in your chest like a wild thing caged? Is it the dark? A fleeting memory of a bedtime story, ghosts and gobins and witches hiding in the shadows? Is it the way the wind picks up just before a storm? Or is it something deeper, something much more frightening, a monster deep inside that you've glimpsed only in pieces, the vast unknown of your own soul where secrets gather with a terrible power, the dark inside?
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