Friday, January 20, 2012

"further up and further in!"

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 "Then Aslan turned to them and said, "You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be." Lucy said, "We're so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often." "No fear of that," said Aslan, "Have you not guessed?" Their hearts leaped and a wild hope rose within them. "There was a real railway accident," said Aslan softly, "Your father and mother and all of you are--as you used to call it in the Shadowlands--dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the new morning." And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion, but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever. In which every chapter is better than the one before."

And so I finished the very last chapter of the very last book in the Chronicles of Narnia. I cried. Though I can't say I'm into all the mythology and weirdness that comes with fantasy, this was one of the most beautiful, spellbinding, gripping series I've ever read. I could read those last few paragraphs over and over, forever--just drooling over the words--thinking of the deeper meaning. 

"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see."  — C.S. Lewis


  1. i personally hated that book, but those few sentences are very, very beautiful, as you said. it makes me cry everytime. narnia forever!! :))
    -jocee <3

  2. They have been my favorite books ever since first read them, many years ago, and they will be my favorite books until the day I die. :) I have read them so many times I have lost count. And I shall have to re-read them again quite soon! :)

  3. Yes...I'm no fantasy fan, but the Narnia books are in another special category all together. :)

  4. You've inspired me to read the series again. It has been many year since I last delved into the amazing stories of Narnia. The beautiful pictures that Lewis draws of spiritual truths are awe-inspiring. I love especially how he ends the series... did you have a favorite book out of the seven? I probably couldn't choose an absolute favorite... but I especially love "The Horse and His Boy" and "The Silver Chair". They are all amazing though... :) Classics to pass on for generations more.

    Thank you for reminding me how much I adore these books.

    God bless!

  5. I don't like TOO much fantasy, but I love the Narnia books. Especially Aslan. ;) Love that part...

  6. The Last Battle is my favorite book of the Narnia series. I have always loved that description of heaven.

  7. Ahhhhh! YES--Rachel, The Horse and His Boy and the Silver Chair were also my favorites. We have similar taste in a lot of things. ;) I really wanted to love Prince Caspian, but really that was my least favorite...his character was much better developed in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Don't you think?

  8. O my goodness!!! I literally just used that quote today (further up and further in) and I hadn't even seen your post shocked by the timing.

  9. I tagged you!



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