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Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From C.S. Lewis’s “The Silver Chair” (Part 1 of 3)

I’ve an idea that all those circles and things are rather rot. I don’t think he’d like them. It would look as if we thought we could make him do things. But really, we can only ask him. *** It’s an extraordinary thing about girls that they never know the points of the compass. *** Crying is alright while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later and then you still have to decide what to do. *** If you are thirsty, you may drink. *** I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms. *** You would not have called to me if you had not been calling to you. *** The first step is to remember. *** The signs you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important for you to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. *** Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters. *** How little anyone knows what is going to happen to them next. *** It is a very funny thing that the sleepier you are, the longer you take about getting to bed; especially if you are lucky enough to have a fire in your room. *** There’s nothing so sustaining as a nice plump little bat. *** There is no true vengeance on a witless brute as their might be on a man. *** How beastly one feels after sleeping in one’s clothes. *** What’s food for wiggles might be poison for humans. *** Walks after the first halt — like school mornings after break or railway journeys after changing trains – never go on as they were before. *** It is not pleasant to be within a mile of quarrelling giants.

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