I received CS Lewis’s Space Trilogy for Christmas, which I haven’t ever read before (shame on me) and am very much looking forward to reading, but I have decided to re-read all the Narnia books first. So I started on New Year’s Day and have finished The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I could not remember a thing about The Magician’s Nephew in all honesty.
But this Friday I thought I’d post a few quotes I liked:
Said by Digory to Aslan:
“But please, please—won’t you—can’t you give me something that will cure Mother?” Up till then he had been looking at the Lion’s great front feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despaire, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion’s eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory’s own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself.
“My son, my son,” said Aslan. “I know. Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet. let us be good to one another …”.
Then later, when Polly and Digory and Fledge the horse are sent on a little adventure:
Well, I do think someone might have arranged about our meals,” said Digory.
I’m sure Aslan would have, if you’d asked him,” said Fledge.
“Wouldn’t he know without being asked?” said Polly.
“I’ve no doubt he would,” said the Horse (still with his mouth full). “But I’ve a sort of idea he likes to be asked.”
And there is then a conversation between Digory and Aslan about the Witch stealing and eating some of the fruit Digory has been sent to fetch to guard Narnia, in which Aslan says this:
“… This is what happens to those who pluck and eat fruits at the wrong time and in the wrong way. The fruit is good, but they loathe it ever after … Things always work according to their nature. She has won her hearts’ desire … All get what they want: they do not always like it … For the fruit always works—it must work—but it does not work happily for any who pluck it at their own will.”