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by C.S. Lewis
Prince Caspian Chapter 3 Summary
The Dwarf They wake up dreadfully early to a breakfast of, hmm, apples. Deciding they need to leave the island, they head for the beach. Their first thought is to swim the channel, but Peter claims only Susan will make it. That's when Edmund has a light bulb moment. He realizes that time passes differently in Narnia than it does outside of Narnia. Meaning that one year went by for them while hundreds went by for Narnia. By Jove, he's onto something there. A boat comes into view, and the children watch two soldiers drop a very lively bundle overboard. The bundle turns out to be a dwarf. Susan shoots an arrow, hitting the soldier holding the dwarf. Both soldier and dwarf go overboard, and the second soldier bails when he realizes he's under attack. Peter and Susan jump into the water to snatch up the boat and the dwarf. The dwarf is thankful for them to have saved his life, even if they might be ghosts on a haunted island. You never know. The children wonder what's up with the drowning attempt, and the dwarf agrees to tell them his story. But first: breakfast. And no apples. They're going fishing. They grab the gear from the boat and catch them some pavenders (fish native to Narnia). The dwarf thinks the castle smells of ghosts but cooks the fish all the same. He tells them he is a messenger for King Caspian, true king of Narnia. Well, Old Narnians, not New Narnians, though Caspian is one of them, too. Perhaps we'd better take a step back and start from the beginning.
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