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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


by C.S. Lewis

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Awe and Amazement Quotes

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Quote #4

Lucy looked along the beam and presently saw something in it. At first it looked like a cross, then it looked like an aeroplane, then it looked like a kite, and at last with a whirring of wings it was right overhead and was an albatross. It circled three times round the mast and then perched for an instant on the crest of the gilded dragon at the prow. It called out in a strong sweet voice what seemed to be words though no one understood them. After that it spread its wings, rose, and began to fly slowly ahead, bearing a little to starboard. Drinian steered after it not doubting that it offered good guidance. But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear heart," and the voice, she felt sure, as Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face. (12.59)

It's interesting that when they are visited by Aslan in the form of the albatross, none of the crew of the Dawn Treader even think to question it. They all instinctively know that the bird is good and is offering them a way out of a difficult situation.

Quote #5

And every night they saw that there rose in the east new constellations which no one had ever seen in Narnia and perhaps, as Lucy thought with a mixture of joy and fear, no living eye had seen at all. (13.1)

The "mixture of joy and fear" that Lucy feels here is similar to the feeling that the narrator suggests is inspired by the presence of something divine.

Quote #6

Now they could see that it was a tall girl, dressed in a single long garment of clear blue which left her arms bare. She was bareheaded and her yellow hair hung down her back. And when they looked at her they thought they had never before known what beauty meant. (13.51)

Ramandu's daughter is impressive and striking. In fact, she's so striking that Edmund implies she is similar in some ways to the White Witch. In this case, however, the powerful woman is actually on the side of good and right – a rare event in the Narnia chronicles!

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