Countdown to Caspian – Day 4 (Old Narnia)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian opens in theaters on Friday, May 16. In order to whet your appetite, I am counting down the fifteen days to the movie by sharing a favorite selection from each of the fifteen chapters of C. S. Lewis’ masterful book, Prince Caspian. (Warning: Plot spoilers ahead! But if you haven’t read the book, you should really read it before going to see the movie anyways!) Here goes — let’s count down to Caspian!

From Chapter 4: The Dwarf Tells of Prince Caspian

“Are you going to tell me what you wouldn’t tell me the other day?” said Caspian.

“I am,” said the Doctor. “But remember. You and I must never talk about these things except here — on the very top of the Great Tower.”

“No. That’s a promise,” said Caspian. “But do go on, please.”

“Listen,” said the Doctor. “All you have heard about Old Narnia is true. It is not the land of men. It is the country of Aslan, the country of the Waking Trees and Visible Naiads, of Fauns and Satyrs, of Dwarfs and Giants, of the gods and the Centaurs, of Talking Beasts. It was against these that the first Caspian fought. It is you Telmarines who silenced the beasts and the trees and the fountains, and who killed and drove away the dwarfs and fauns, and are now trying to cover up even the memory of them. The King does not allow them to be spoken of.”

“Oh, I do wish we hadn’t,” said Caspian. “And I am glad it was all true, even if it is all over.”

Thoughts:  Caspian’s Nurse told him the stories of Old Narnia when he was a little boy. But when his Uncle Miraz hears about it, he tells Caspian the old stories of Narnia and Aslan are nothing but nonsense and fairy tales. Now Doctor Cornelius tells Caspian that all the old stories really are true. Caspian is glad to hear this, though he wishes it were not all over. Some people today say that the stories of the Bible are just nonsense and fairy tales. But what makes the Bible breathtakingly exciting is not just the stories, but that the stories are real. These things happened. And just as Caspian is about to find out in Narnia, the story is far from over. (Thoughts? Comments? Do you have a favorite scene or quote from chapter four?)

All the Countdown Posts:  Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

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