Study Guide

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Supernatural

By C.S. Lewis

The Supernatural

Chapter 4

The Queen took from somewhere among her wrappings a very small bottle which looked as if it were made of copper. Then, holding out her arm, she let one drop fall from it on to the snow beside the sledge. Edmund saw the drop for a second in mid-air, shining like a diamond. But the moment it touched the snow there was a hissing sound and there stood a jewelled cup full of something that steamed. (4.16)

After watching the Queen produce a cup of hot liquid in this sorcerous way, we're pretty surprised that Edmund dares to drink it! But maybe he hasn't heard the story of Persephone…

At last the Turkish Delight was all finished and Edmund was looking very hard at the empty box and wishing that she would ask him whether he would like some more. Probably the Queen knew quite well what he was thinking; for she knew, though Edmund did not, that this was enchanted Turkish Delight and that anyone who had once tasted it would want more and more of it, and would even, if they were allowed, go on eating it till they killed themselves. (4.21)

We can't think of anything more devious for a Witch to think up than magic candy that enchants you to want more and more of it forever. Heck, we already feel that way about candy, even without magic.

Chapter 5
The Professor

"If there really is a door in this house that leads to some other world […] I should not be at all surprised to find that that other world had a separate time of its own; so that however long you stayed there it would never take up any of our time. On the other hand, I don't think many girls of her age would invent that idea for themselves. If she had been pretending, she would have hidden for a reasonable time before coming out and telling her story."

"But do you really mean, Sir," said Peter, "that there could be other worlds – all over the place, just round the corner – like that?"

"Nothing is more probable," said the Professor. (5.38-40)

The Professor surprises Peter and Susan by using logic to argue for the possibility that supernatural occurrences might take place – that parallel worlds could really exist, and that Lucy might have been to one.

Chapter 10

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.

Chapter 13

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.

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