Narnian Secrets: Book 4: Prince Caspian

Example 1: Secret conversations on the very top of the Great Tower

<Chaper 4 — The Dwarf tells of Prince Caspian>
Caspian followed the Doctor through many passages and up several staircases, and at last, through a little door in a turret, they came out upon the leads.  On one side were the battlements, on the other
a steep roof; below them, all shadowy and shimmery, the castle gardens; above them, stars and moon.  Presently they came to another door, which led into the great central tower of the whole castle: Doctor Cornelius unlocked it and they began to climb the dark winding stair of the tower.  Caspian was becoming excited;  he had never been allowed up this stair before.
It was long and steep, but when they came out on the roof of the tower and Caspian had got his breath, he felt that it had been well worth it.  Away on his right he could see, rather indistinctly, the Western Mountains.  On his left was the gleam of the Great River, and everything was so quiet that he could hear the sound of the waterfall at Beaversdam, a mile away.  There was no difficulty in picking out the two stars they had come to see.  They hung rather low in the southern sky, almost as bright as two little moons and very close together.
“Are they going to have a collision?” he asked in an awestruck voice.
“Nay, dear Prince,” said the Doctor (and he too spoke in a whisper). “The great lords of the upper sky know the steps of their dance too well for that.  Look well upon them.  Their meeting is fortunate
and means some great good for the sad realm of Narnia.  Tarva, the Lord of Victory, salutes Alambil, the Lady of Peace.  They are just coming to their nearest.”
It’s a pity that tree gets in the way,” said Caspian. “We’d really see better from the West Tower,
though it is not so high.”
Doctor Cornelius said nothing for about two minutes, but stood still with his eyes fixed on Tarva and Alambil.  Then he drew a deep breath and turned to Caspian.
“There,” he said.  “You have seen what no man now alive has seen, nor will see again.  And you are right.  We should have seen it even better from the smaller tower.  I brought you here for another reason.”
Caspian looked up at him, but the Doctor’s hood concealed most of his face.
“The virtue of this tower,” said Doctor Cornelius, “is that we have six empty rooms beneath us, and a long stair, and the door at the bottom of the stair is locked.  We cannot be overheard.”
“Are you going to tell me what you wouldn’t tell me the other day?” said Caspian.
“I am,” said the Doctor.  “But remember. You and I must never talk about these things except here — on the very top of the Great Tower.”
“No. That’s a promise,” said Caspian. “But do go on, please.”
“Listen,”said the Doctor. “All you have heard about Old Narnia is true.  It is not the land of Men.  It is the country of Aslan, the country of the Walking Trees and Visible Naiads, of Fauns and Satyrs, of Dwarfs and Giants, of the gods and the Centaurs, of Talking Beasts.  It was against these that the first Caspian fought.  It is you Telmarines who silenced the beasts and the trees and the fountains, and who killed and drove away the Dwarfs and Fauns, and are now trying to cover up even the memory of them.  The King does not allow them to be spoken of.”

 

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