The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Top Ten Quotes
- “’A boy?’ said she. ‘Do you mean you are a Son of Adam?’” (Chpt. 4, p. 34).The White Witch of Narnia discovers Edmund walking in the forest after he gets into Narnia through the wardrobe. She is worried about meeting a human “Son of Adam” because of the prophecy that humans will sit on the thrones at Cair Paravel.
- “’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” (Chpt. 5, p. 50).The older children tell the Professor about Lucy’s story of another world that can be entered through the wardrobe, thinking he will pronounce their sister mentally ill. On the contrary, Professor Kirke (who himself has been in Narnia though he does not say so) defends the logical possibility of alternate realities.
- "They say Aslan is on the move—perhaps has already landed” (Chpt. 7, p. 67).Mr. Beaver gives this news to the children after he takes them under his protection. They do not know how to rescue their friend, Mr. Tumnus, from the Witch, and he says only Aslan can do it.
- “’Aslan?’ said Mr. Beaver. ‘Why, don’t you know? He’s the King. He’s the Lord of the whole wood, but not often here, you understand’” (Chpt. 8, p. 78)After the Beavers serve the children a delicious meal, they tell them about Aslan and the Witch. Aslan has returned to defeat her.
“For the mention of Aslan gave him a mysterious and horrible feeling just as it gave the others a mysterious and lovely feeling” (Chpt. 9, p. 88).Edmund runs away from the Beavers and his brother and sisters to betray them to the Witch. He does this because he has already been poisoned by her Turkish Delight, and this makes him shudder at the name of Aslan.
“This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narnia—in our world they usually don’t talk at all” (Chpt. 10, p. 106).The narrator humorously points out the difference between Narnia and the earth. One doesn’t mind bad grammar from a beaver in Narnia, because it is a rare treat to hear a beaver talk at all.
- “’Locks and bolts make no difference to me,’ said Father Christmas” (Chpt. 10, p.107).Father Christmas meets the Beavers and the children in the forest and gives them presents. He tells Mrs. Beaver she will get a new sewing machine, but she is worried because her door is locked. Father Christmas is a supernatural being and doesn’t have to worry about locks.
- “This is no thaw,’ said the dwarf, suddenly stopping. ‘This is Spring’” (Chpt. 11, p. 122).The Dwarf who drives the Witch’s sledge in the snow in the perpetual winter of Narnia is surprised when the sledge gets slower and slower. The snow starts to melt, and he gets stuck in the mud. Suddenly he realizes that the melting means spring. The Witch’s spell is breaking.
- “People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time” (Chpt. 12, p. 126).The narrator says this, because the children have a dual reaction to Aslan, who is a fierce and terrible lion, but good at the same time. They love him but feel awe in his presence.
- “’ . . . the great Fool, the great Cat, lies dead’” (Chpt. 15, p. 156).The Witch says this after she has killed Aslan on the Stone Table. She thinks him a fool for offering up his life for Edmund’s.