Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturdays with C. S. Lewis - There Is No Other Stream

"Some Saturday C. S. Lewis" was introduced and explained here. And yes, I know that it's Sunday, but I didn't want to double on Ian's post from yesterday, so I decided to save Lewis for today. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. In any case, the following quote is from chapter 2 of The Silver Chair.

"Are you not thirsty?" said the Lion.
"I'm dying of thirst," said Jill.
"Then drink," said the Lion.
"May I--could I--would you mind going away while I do?," said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
"Will you promise not to--do anything to me, if I do come?," said Jill.
"I make no promise," said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
"Do you eat girls?," she said.
"I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms," said the Lion. It didn't say thisas if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
"I daren't come and drink," said Jill.
"Then you will die of thirst," said the Lion.
"Oh dear!," said Jill, coming another step nearer. "I suppose I must go and look for another stream then."
"There is no other stream," said the Lion.

1 comment:

greenyuppie said...

Reminds me somewhat of the fable of the Frog and the Scorpion, made famous in the film 'The Crying Game.'