Posted by: chuckbumgardner | December 23, 2007

Lucy’s Keen Perception

In C. S. Lewis’s beloved Narnia series, we find Christmas most notably in the first (published) work, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  But I found this little gem yesterday in The Last Battle.  Some of Aslan’s followers had been forced through the door of a stable thought to contain great evil. To their surprise, they find themselves in a wide open world.  The door through which they came “was simply standing up by itself as if it had grown there like a tree.”  One could walk around it and see both sides of the door, but when one looked through a crack in the door, the world from which they came was visible.
“It seems, then,” said Tirian, smiling himself, “that the stable seen from within and the stable seen from without are two different places.”
“Yes,” said the Lord Digory. “Its inside is bigger than its outside.”
“Yes,” said Queen Lucy.  “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”  
C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle (reprint, Harper Collins), 161.

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