C. S. Lewis Liked Mice

Who knew? Lewis wrote the following to a child in response to a question about Reepicheep:

I love real mice. There are lots in my rooms in College but I have never set a trap. When I sit up late working they poke their heads out from behind the curtains as if they were saying, “Hi! Time for you to go to bed. We want to come out and play.” (from A Reader’s Guide to Prince Caspian, by Leland Ryken and Marjorie Lamp Mead)

No wonder Lewis portrays mice so positively in the Narnia Chronicles: Reepicheep and his warrior mice friends; the mice who freed Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; etc. So, do you like mice? (HT: Out Walking)

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  1. Actually, that also came out in the Space Trilogy. I don’t have the book with me, so I can’t give you an exact quote, but in “That Hideous Strength” when Ransom and Jane finish eating bread and wine, he rings a bell and the mice come out to clean up. He gets Jane to see them as something other than a thing to shriek at and raise one’s feet in the air for.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Janet – Oh, good catch! I haven’t read “That Hideous Strength” in so long. The passage you are thinking of is found in Chapter 7, The Pendragon. (It is on pp. 148-149 in my copy – Paperback Macmillan, 1975.) The Director and Jane eat bread and wine, and then the Director blows a silver whistle and the mice come out and clean up.

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