Psyche is worshiped by the people of Glome
, said to possess healing power, and sacrificed on a mountain by being attached to a dead tree.
Orual, as a native of Glome, is torn between reverence and disregard for dreams, due to the ministrations of her tutor, the Fox.
Why, Glome and the King and old Batta seem to me very like dreams now" (112).
Once Orual becomes Queen of Glome
(after Psyche's exile), she devotes herself to ruling the kingdom and reveals herself to be committed to justice for her people in a way that her royal father never was.
For example, when the people of Glome
sacrifice Psyche to the Brute in order to save the entire community--the victim "bound to the Tree and left" (48)--the echo of Christ's crucifixion as scapegoat is obvious: Psyche evokes Christ's life without "being" Christ.
the Queen of Glome
had more and more part in me and Orual had less and less.
For example, Orual is furiously angry with Redival for her part in attracting the Old Priest's attention to Istra, and when Redival expresses anxiety at the impending sacrifice (partly for the young victim but mostly for herself), Orual threatens to execute her painfully if she ever becomes Queen of Glome
Arnom, who desires to succeed the dying priest, discusses the future of Glome
with Bardia, the Fox, and Orual.
Her place as Queen of Glome
is within a larger narrative of the god's creation which is within the larger narrative of Lewis's Secondary World which is within the larger narrative of God's creation.