is falling to bits in famine and external threats.
The sense of glome to which Nancy (2007) refers is from the Latin 'glomus' (a ball), as in agglomeration: with its senses of conglomeration: 'a piling up, with the sense of accumulation that, on the one hand, simply concentrates .
The relationship between glome and globe provides an opportunity for Nancy to articulate the transition from globe to globalisation (and monde to mondialisation).
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.
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.
Several reasons exist, I think, for the novel's implicit criticism of Orual's quest for justice--both her private quest to regain Psyche and her public work on behalf of Glome.
the Queen of Glome
had more and more part in me and Orual had less and less.
Orual, as a native of Glome
, is torn between reverence and disregard for dreams, due to the ministrations of her tutor, the Fox.
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.
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.