The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Supernatural Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
And on the sledge sat a person whom everyone knew the moment they set eyes on him. He was a huge man in a bright red robe (bright as holly-berries) with a hood that had fur inside it and a great white beard that fell like a foamy waterfall over his chest. Everyone knew him because, though you see people of his sort only in Narnia, you see pictures of them and hear them talked about even in our world – the world on this side of the wardrobe door. But when you really see them in Narnia it is rather different. (10.35)
To us, Father Christmas seems a little out of place in this book, even in the fantasy world of Narnia. Perhaps it's because he really does seem to come out of a fairy tale, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is more of an allegory.
But if you had gone on looking you would gradually have begun to think there was something odd about both the stump and the boulder. And next you would have thought that the stump did look really remarkably like a little fat man crouching on the ground. And if you had watched long enough you would have seen the stump walk across to the boulder and the boulder sit up and begin talking to the stump; for in reality the stump and the boulder were simply the Witch and the Dwarf. (13.24)
We don't really learn how the Witch's magic works – it could be that she actually disguised herself and the Dwarf as a stump and a boulder, but it could also be that she played on the perceptions of those around her.