Friday, December 10, 2010

“I have been here all the time” — Aslan

    “Oh, Aslan,” said she, “it was kind of you to come.”
    “I have been here all the time,” said he, “but you have just made me visible.”
    “Aslan!” said Lucy almost a little reproachfully. “Don’t make fun of me. As if anything I could do would make you visible!”
    “It did,” said Aslan. “Do you think I wouldn’t obey my own rules?”
    After a little pause he spoke again.
    “Child,” he said, “I think you have been eavesdropping.”
    “You listened to what your two schoolfellows were saying about you.”
    “Oh that? I never thought that was eavesdropping, Aslan. Wasn’t it magic?”
    “Spying on people by magic is the same as spying on them in any other way. And you have misjudged your friend. She is weak, but she loves you. She was afraid of the older girl and said what she does not mean.”
    “I don’t think I’d ever be able to forget what I heard her say.”
    “No, you won’t.”
    “Oh dear,” said Lucy. “Have I spoiled everything? Do you mean we would have gone on being friends if it hadn’t been for this—and been really great friends—all our lives perhaps—and now we never shall.”
    “Child,” said Aslan, “did I not explain to you once before that no one is ever told what would have happened?”
    “Yes, Aslan, you did,” said Lucy. “I’m sorry.

C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952; this edition: HarperCollins, 1994) 158-160.

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