May 4, 2013- My Favorite Quote

I love reading the works of C.S. Lewis. His Narnian stories, his nonfiction- all of his writing is very thought provoking. I could probably list any number of quotes of his that are my favorite.

But, I’ll choose on from one of my very favorite Narnian stories – The Silver Chair- and one of my very favorite characters- Puddleglum.

A little background: The Silver Chair is one of the lesser known Narnia books. In the story Eustace (from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and his schoolmate Jill are pulled into Narnia to complete a special quest directly from Aslan. They head off on their quest with the help of Puddleglum, a Marshwiggle. The Marshwiggles are frog like, melancholy and sober souls who live in the marshes. Puddleglum takes the quest much more seriously than the children; and it is his steady thinking and diligence that saves them more than once. In the scene from which this quote is taken, Puddleglum and the children are held captive in a witch’s underground world. They are attempting to free the true prince of Narnia- their quest. The witch is trying to confuse them by making them think that her underground world is the only true one, that everything they think they know about Aslan and the “overworld: is just a fairy tale. (Can you see the allegory here?) Puddleglum’s reply to the witch is one of my favorite quotes ever. Every time I read this part of the book out loud (and we’ve read it MANY times), the kids are prepared that I am going to cry.

 “Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we’re leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.” 

I love dear old Puddleglum!

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