Chapter Three of Genesis
Chapter Three of Genesis tells of the introduction of Original Sin to Lyra's world. Lord Asriel reads to Lyra from the Bible at Svalbard. Philip Pullman changes the passage to fit the nature of Lyra's world.
|"And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and your dæmons shall assume their true forms, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant tot he eyes, and a tree to be desired to reveal the true form of one's dæmon, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they saw the true forms of their dæmons, and spoke with them. But when the man and the woman knew their own dæmons, they knew that a great change had come upon them, for until that moment it had seemed that they were at one with all the creatures of the earth and the air, and there was no difference between them: And they saw the difference, and they knew good and evil; and they were ashamed, and they sewed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness..."|
|Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass|
The section quoted for in His Dark Materials has been adapted to fit in with Lyra's world. It is interesting to compare this passage, to the one that would normally appear in Will's world:
|"And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings."|
|New King James Translation|