The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Supernatural Quotes
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He stooped down and wrenched up a spray of heather. Then, very cautiously, he knelt beside the stream and dipped it in. It was heather that he dipped; what he drew out was a perfect model of heather made of the purest gold, heavy and soft as lead. (8.77)
The water of Goldwater Island is one of the most striking magical moments in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Before our very eyes it turns a spray of heather into gold – miraculous alchemy!
The invisible people feasted their guests royally. It was very funny to see the plates and dishes coming to the table and not to see anyone carrying them. It would have been funny even if they had moved along level with the floor, as you would expect things to do in invisible hands. But they didn't. They progressed up the long dining-hall in a series of bounds or jumps. (10.1)
Invisible people are creepy, so C.S. Lewis gives us a little comic relief here: the Duffers move with strange, insectoid hops.
There was no title page or title; the spell began straight away, and at first there was nothing very important in them. They were cures for warts (by washing your hands in moonlight in a silver basin) and toothache and cramp, and a spell for taking a swarm of bees. The picture of the man with toothache was so lifelike that it would have set your own teeth aching if you looked at it too long, and the golden bees which were dotted all round the fourth spell looked for a moment as if they were really flying. (10.18)
In the world of Narnia, magic might appear in the form of serious and significant enchantments, but it also comes in the form of little spells to perform minor tasks or take care of petty irritations. Magic doesn't always have to blow you out of the water; it can be subtle.