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Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian

by C.S. Lewis

Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #1

"And look at those other steps—the broad, shallow ones—going up to that doorway. It must have been the door into the great hall."

"Ages ago, by the look of it," said Edmund. (2.2-3)

The first building seen in Narnia is a ruin from the country's golden era. It hints at the current state of Old Narnia before we even get the back story from Trumpkin. Now that's storytelling.

Quote #2

"Caspian the Tenth, King of Narnia, and long may he reign!" answered the Dwarf. "That is to say, he ought to be King of Narnia and we hope he will be. At present he is only King of us Old Narnians—"

"What do you mean by Old Narnians, please?" asked Lucy. (3.48-49)

We talk about the dividing line between good and evil in our "Good vs. Evil" theme. But here we have a similar divider set up. Since Prince Caspian worships the past, you can bet which group of Narnians will end up as the good guys and which will not.

Quote #3

"And there were Dwarfs. And there were lovely little Fauns in all the woods. They had feet like goats. And—"

"That's all nonsense, for babies," said the King sternly. (4.11-12)

The past has been forgotten in all but story and myth, leading Miraz to consider it nonsense. But even the most make-believe stories have some connection to reality and the past. Yes, even the ones with fauns and dwarfs.

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