Narnian Secrets: Book 2: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Example 1: The old beaver hiding place (a small dug-out cave)

…Lucy was so tired that she was almost asleep and walking at the same time when suddenly she found Mr. Beaver had turned away from the river-bank to the right and was leading them steeply uphill into the very thickest bushes.  And then as she came fully awake she found that Mr. Beaver was just vanishing into a little hole in the bank which had been almost hidden under the bushes until you were quite on top of it,  In fact, by the time she realized what was happening, only his short flat tail was showing.
Lucy immediately stooped down and crawled in after him.  Then she heard noises of scrambling and puffing and panting behind her and in a moment all five of them were inside,
“Wherever is this?” said Peter’s voice, sounding tired and pale in the darkness. (I hope you know what I mean by a voice sounding pale.)
“It’s an old hiding-place for beavers in bad times,” said Mr. Beaver, “and a great secret.  It’s not much of a place but we must get a few hours sleep.”

Example 2: The Witch and the dwarf disappearing act

Then he heard the voices of people who were not talking to him but to one another.  And they were saying things like: “Who’s got the Witch?” “I thought you had her,” “I didn’t see her after I knocked the knife out of her hand — I was after the dwarf — do you mean to say she’s escaped?” “–A chap can’t mind everything at once — what’s that?  Oh, sorry, it’s only an old stump!” But just at this point Edmund went off in a dead faint.
Presently the centaurs and unicorns and deer and birds (they were of course the rescue party which Aslan had sent in the last chapter) all set off to go back to the Stone Table, carrying Edmund with them.  But if they could have seen what happened in that valley after they had gone, I think they might have been surprised.
It was perfectly still and presently the moon grew bright; if you had been there you would have seen the moonlight shining on an old tree–stump and on a fair-sized boulder.  But if you had gone on looking you would gradually have begun to think there was something odd about both the stump and the boulder.  And next you would have thought that the stump did look really remarkably like a little fat man crouching on the ground.  And if you had watched long enough you would have seen the stump walk across to the boulder and the boulder sit up and begin talking to the stump;  for in reality the stump and the boulder were simply the Witch and the dwarf.  For it was part of her magic that she could make things look like what they aren’t, and she had the presence of mind to do so at the very moment when the knife was knocked out of her hand.

Example 3 — The Professor cautions discretion in sharing their other-worldly adventures:

And that would have been the very end of the story if it hadn’t been that they felt they really must explain to the Professor why four of the coats out of his wardrobe were missing.  And the Professor, who was a very remarkable man, didn’t tell them not to be silly or not to tell lies, but believed the whole story. “No,” he said, “I don’t think it will be any good trying to go back through the wardrobe door to get the coats.  You won’t get into Narnia again by that route.  Nor would the coats be much use by now if you did! Eh?  What’s that? Yes, of course you’ll get back to Narnia again someday.  Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia.  But don’t go trying to use the same route twice.  Indeed, don’t try to get there at all.  It’ll happen when you’re not looking for it.  And don’t talk too much about it even among yourselves.  And don’t mention it to anyone else unless you find that they’ve had adventures of the same sort themselves.  What’s that?  How will you know?  Oh you’ll know all right.  Odd things they say — even their looks — will let the secret out.   Keep your eyes open.  Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?”


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