The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Man and the Natural World Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"Why, it is she that has got all Narnia under her thumb. It's she that makes it always winter. Always winter, and never Christmas; think of that!" (2.39)
The Witch's power disrupts the symbiotic relationship between the natural rhythm of the seasons and the man-made rhythm of holidays like Christmas.
What made it worse was that these days ought to have been delightful. The weather was fine and they were out of doors from morning to night, bathing, fishing, climbing trees, birds' nesting, and lying in the heather. (3.21)
All four of the Pevensie children enjoy the outdoors, but their pastimes range from simply enjoying the outdoors – bathing, climbing trees, lying in the heather – to disrupting it – fishing and birds' nesting.
It was pretty bad when he reached the far side. It was growing darker every minute and what with that and the snowflakes swirling all round him he could hardly see three feet ahead. And then too there was no road. […] In fact I really think he might have given up the whole plan and gone back and owned up and made friends with the others, if he hadn't happened to say to himself, "When I'm King of Narnia the first thing I shall do will be to make some decent roads." (9.5)
Edmund nurtures his grievances and his bad mood by indulging in an industrial fantasy of taming the Narnian countryside.