April 16, 2016

There Is No Other Stream


“Although the sight of water made her feel ten times thirstier than before, she didn’t rush forward and drink. She stood as still as if she had been turned into stone, with her mouth wide open. And she had a very good reason; just on this side of the stream lay the lion.

It lay with its head raised and its two fore-paws out in front of it, like the lions in Trafalgar Square. She knew at once that it had seen her, for it eyes looked straight into hers for a moment and then turned away– as if it knew her quite well and didn’t think much of her.

‘If I run away, it’ll be after me in a moment,’ thought Jill. ‘And if I go on, I shall run straight into its mouth.’ Anyway, she couldn’t have moved if she had tried, and she couldn’t take her eyes off it.

How long this lasted, she could not be sure; it seemed like hours. And the thirst became so bad that she almost felt she would not mind being eaten by the lion if only she could be sure of getting a mouthful of water first.

‘If you’re thirsty, you may drink.’

They were the first words she had heard since Scrubb had spoken to her on the edge of the cliff. For a second she stared here and there, wondering who had spoken.

Then the voice said again, ‘If you are thirsty, come and drink,’ and of course she remembered what Scrubb had said about animals talking in that other world, and realized that it was the lion speaking.

Anyway, she had seen its lips move this time, and the voice was not like a man’s. It was deeper, wilder, and stronger; a sort of heavy, golden voice. It did not make her any less frightened than she had been before, but it made her frightened in a rather different way.

‘Are you not thirsty?’ said the Lion.

‘I’m dying of thirst,’ said Jill

‘Then drink,’ said the Lion.

‘May I—could I—would you mind going away while I do?’ said Jill.

The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience. The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.

‘Will you promise not to—do anything to me, if I do come?’ said Jill.

‘I make no promise,’ said the Lion.

‘Do you eat girls?’ she said.

‘I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,’ said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.

‘I daren’t come and drink,’ said Jill.

‘Then you will die of thirst,’ said the Lion.

‘Oh dear!’ said Jill, coming another step nearer. ‘I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.’

‘There is no other stream,’ said the Lion.”

–C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 16, 2016 10:55 PM
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Posted by: way at May 28, 2014 12:30 AM

Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion."
"Ooh" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion"
"Safe?" said Mr Beaver, "who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.”

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 28, 2014 11:45 AM

No, there is no other stream. I trust Jack Lewis to know about this.

Posted by: AbigailAdams at May 29, 2014 3:11 AM

There is no other stream.

So for those who object to the Biblical stories of Jesus, God and the Holy Ghost...does this work for you?

Posted by: John at May 30, 2014 4:39 PM

Sounds like Jill needs a good bolt gun chambered in a large diameter belted magnum. If within 50 yards, let me suggest the .458 Winchester Magnum.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at April 17, 2016 8:13 AM

I agree, there is no other stream. Here's one person who entered it: http://jlepore.fineartstudioonline.com/dataviewer.asp?keyvalue=14814&page=Blog&blogmonth=20152

Posted by: James LePore at April 17, 2016 8:22 AM

There may be no other stream, but there are a lot of cess pits with a lot of spammers crawling out of them.

Posted by: Jewel Atkins at April 17, 2016 11:05 AM

Snakepit: He's already been killed once. Don't try that again.

Clive Staples Lewis does a good job of describing mankind, through the character of Jill. Questioning even God.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at April 17, 2016 11:33 AM

I have homeschooled my children for 16 years. This year, I have done Further Up and Further In, which is a literature based study using The Chronicles of Narnia. I had only ever read TLWW before. It has been the most enriching and lovely study. The depth of history and theology and, the need to reach further back into literature and languages and tradition, so as to really understand these "children's" books has taught us so much. It has relit a fire in this burned out mama. I recommend these books for everyone.

Posted by: Leslie at April 17, 2016 12:28 PM