The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"Then be off home as quick as you can," said the Faun, "and – c-can you ever forgive me for what I meant to do?"
"Why, of course I can," said Lucy, shaking him heartily by the hand. "And I do hope you won't get into dreadful trouble on my account." (2.57-58)
Lucy is ready and willing to forgive anyone who is genuinely sorry. Mr. Tumnus feels the need to apologize for a transgression he hasn't even committed!
Peter turned at once to Lucy.
"I apologise for not believing you," he said, "I'm sorry. Will you shake hands?"
"Of course," said Lucy, and did. (6.12-14)
Peter may seem high-and-mighty sometimes, but he is always willing to admit when he is wrong. As with Mr. Tumnus, Lucy is ready to forgive him right away. Unlike Edmund, she doesn't hold grudges.
And Edmund for the first time in this story felt sorry for someone besides himself. It seemed so pitiful to think of those little stone figures sitting there all the silent days and all the dark nights, year after year, till the moss grew on them and at last even their faces crumbled away. (11.21)
At the moment when Edmund feels compassion for someone else, we know that he can be redeemed, in spite of everything that he's done.