C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces
Published in 1955, one year before the death of his wife Joy Davidman, Till We Have Faces stands as Lewis’s most critically acclaimed novels. Lewis himself regarded it as his finest work of fiction. This particular quote is part of a conversation Psyche has with her older sister Orual the night before she is to be sacrificed to the Brute of the mountain. Psyche comforts the bereft Orual as she remains calm, held by a sense of calling to the mountain; even more, she tells Orual how she feels like she’s been groomed for this moment since she was a child. This line, in m opinion, is also autobiographical for Lewis, perhaps revealing to us the impetus for his literary and apologetic endeavor.