N has adopted some Narnian expressions. “By the Lion’s mane! What shall we have for breakfast?” Or, “By the Lion’s mane! What shall we read when Narnia is done?”
We’ve got a few pages left in The Last Battle, the seventh and final book in the series, and she has already suggested that we read them all over again when we’re done. She said the same thing when we finished the Harry Potter books, and we managed to steer her in a different direction, so hopefully that will happen this time too.
I’m so curious to see what our reading tonight will bring. With their beloved Aslan the Lion, the characters from all seven books have returned, and are prancing through a transformed Narnia — a Narnia even more beautiful than the earlier Narnia — and N hasn’t yet realized it’s because all the characters have died in the real world and now will live forever in Narnia-heaven. It is the end of all the stories, CS Lewis tells us, but for Lucy and Edmund and Peter and Eustace and Jill, it is “only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
What will N make of this ending/beginning? I suspect she won’t be pleased that Lucy et al are dead, nice as Lewis makes it sound. And she will be full of questions — direct, eye-locking ones about what happens when you die and how does one know it is an ever-greatening Great Story that goes on forever if no one on earth has ever read it?
By the way, what did you read today?