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I’d rather marry a pig-herd and live in a ditch. I’d rather anything than stay buried alive here all my born days with a mess of women in a perishing old desert where nobody ever comes! But there’s no good wishing about it, because I’ve been consecrated now and I’m stuck with it. But I do hope that in my next life I’m a dancing-girl in Awabath! Because I will have earned it.
Penthe, The Tombs of Atuan[3]

Penthe is a young priestess at the Place of the Tombs of Atuan.


  1. The Tombs of Atuan, "Chapter 2: The Wall Around the Place" — "You know, I used to live by the sea when I was little. Our village was right behind the dunes, and we used to go down and play on the beach sometimes."
  2. The Tombs of Atuan, "Chapter 4: Dreams and Tales" — "Oh, I was the sixth girl my mother and father had, and they just couldn’t bring up so many and marry them all off. So when I was seven they brought me to the Godking’s temple and dedicated me. That was in Ossawa."
  3. The Tombs of Atuan, "Chapter 4: Dreams and Tales"