Thursday, September 1, 2011


"'You have a traitor there, Aslan,' said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had got past thinking about himself after all he'd been through and after the talk he'd had that morning [with Aslan]. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn't seem to matter what the Witch said."
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis, excerpt from chapter thirteen 
I have just finished reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for probably the eighth or ninth time. This was the first time I had ever noticed the significance of the paragraph.
In the face of his Accuser, Edmund didn't look at her, didn't take notice of her, and he didn't pull away into himself to stare into the face of his guilt or shame - "he just went on looking at Aslan."
Lewis describes the children meeting Aslan for the first time:
"But as for Aslan himself, the Beavers and the children didn't know what to do or say when they saw him. People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time. If the children had ever thought so, they were cured of it now. For when they tried to look at Aslan's face they just caught a glimpse of the golden mane and the great, royal, solemn, overwhelming eyes; and then they found they couldn't look at him and went all trembly. ... His voice was deep and rich and somehow took the fidgets out of them. They now felt glad and quiet and it didn't seem awkward to them to stand and say nothing."
excerpt from chapter twelve 
In the face of so much majesty and love, "it didn't seem to matter what the Witch said."

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