(Versiunea în Română o găsești aici)
This article is a deep analysis of “Prince Caspian“, the second book of C.S. Lewis‘s series: The Chronicles of Narnia.
It is a summary of the book that highlights important passages which are, as you’ll see, relatable to our life.
Table of contents:
- Prince Caspian
- Chapter 1: “The Island“
- Chapter 2: “The Ancient Treasure House“
- Chapter 3: “The Dwarf“
- Chapter 4: “The Dwarf Tells of Prince Caspian“
- Chapter 5: “Caspian’s Adventure in the Mountains“
- Chapter 6: “The People that Lived in Hiding“
- Chapter 7: “Old Narnia in Danger“
- Chapter 8: “How They Left the Island“
- Chapter 9: “What Lucy Saw“
- Chapter 10: “The Return of the Lion“
- Chapter 11: “The Lion Roars“
- Chapter 12: “Sorcery and Sudden Vengeance“
- Chapter 13: “The High King in Command“
- Chapter 14: “How All Were Very Busy“
- Chapter 15: “Aslan Makes a Door in the Air“
Initially, I intended this article, as well as the previous one, to be only an analogy between my favourite quotes from the story and the lessons we take from them; but then I realized that I also made a summary of the stories. However, I did this in order to present the context of the quotes, and to help out those who have not yet read these wonderful books.
(If you only want to skip to read the quotes, they are marked throughout the article)
This is the second article I’m writing on The Chronicles of Narnia book series, by C.S. Lewis. Hopefully, there would be five more coming, since the book series consists of 7 books, such as “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, “Prince Caspian”, “The Voyage of The Dawn Treader”, “The Silver Chair”, “The Horse and His Boy”, “The Magician’s Nephew”, “The Last Battle” (in order of the date they were written and published by C.S. Lewis).
I cannot promise when I’ll be posting the other articles, since I am a student and I also have some other projects and articles on my mind, thus my time is pretty limited – but I can say that I’ll try to do my best to keep up with them.
The second book of the series, “Prince Caspian”, written by Clive Staples Lewis, was published in 1951.
It is a sequel to “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, following the story of the four siblings: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who return to Narnia, quite unexpectedly, the place where they once were right rulers, and we might remember that “Once a King or Queen of Narnia, always a King or Queen.” But when they get there, everything is changed, and there is a new Prince who is starting his journey, and this young man is Prince Caspian.
Further on, I’ll cross the book from cover to cover, with special mentions over meaningful paragraphs.
The story starts with the four siblings: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who were now on the platform of a Railway Station in Great Britain, going back to school, from the summer holiday, the action taking place close to the fall season.
From the melancholy of the rural Train Station and the sorrow of summer’s ending, the four ones are surprised by something like a calling: a few pickings and movements and, suddenly, they found themselves absorbed from the platform into an open space to the sea, on a wild lonely beach.
It didn’t take long for them to realize they had gotten back to Narnia, but they needed now to find a way to civilization, or at least find some food and some water.
Therefore, the first thing found was a stream, which they followed in order to find the Spring.
– In our ordinary life, most likely we won’t get on a forsaken island, but we might live a forsaken life – maybe there are not a lot of people around ready to help us, maybe the ones surrounding us are not supporting us, maybe we are sometimes misunderstood, or anything else you are thinking of right now.
Now, we cannot live on salty water to drink – we need a spring of fresh sweet water.
“They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters…” (The Bible, Jeremiah 2:13 ESV)
Jesus is the Water of Life.
And whenever you find a sign or a person that will lead you to Him, follow it, and you will be satisfied.
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.”
“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (The Bible, John 7:37-38 ESV)
When they have found the source of the stream, they have rediscovered themselves, because the stream led them upwards to Cair Paravel, the place where they once were Kings and Queens in Narnia, but, apparently, that was many years ago, since now the place was in ruins.
Yet, between the ruins of the castle, they found their old treasure room: “unless they had realized where they were and remembered most of the things, they would hardly have known there were treasures.”
– All the same, if we do not follow the way to the Spring, which is Jesus Himself, we won’t reach all the gifts He would give us, or discover the gifts He had already gave us.
Peter, Susan, and Lucy took with them from the chamber of treasures the gifts they have received from Father Christmas, but, unfortunately, “Edmund had no gift”, due to his actions from the previous book.
They remembered all the hardships and the great joys they had in Narnia, in the same place where they were Kings and Queens, at Cair Paravel.
While the siblings were looking for a way to leave the island, close by came a boat in which there were two soldiers and a prisoner, who was a Dwarf, a Narnian.
The four have saved the Dwarf, getting themselves a boat as well.
Following on we are presented with the actual situation in Narnia, by the Dwarf, whose name was Trumpkin.
King Miraz, a Telmarin, forbid his nephew, Prince Caspian, to talk about the Old Narnia, for he didn’t want to believe it.
– Nowadays, there are few of those who would be open to talking freely about Faith and Eternal Life, because of the same reason: they wouldn’t want to believe in it.
One of the reasons why Miraz wouldn’t believe in the Golden Age of Narnia was because back then there were two Kings and two Queens.
“How could there be two Kings at the same time?”
– All he had known was dictatorship, it was difficult for him to share his power.
Luckily for Caspian, who loved to talk about the Old Times of Narnia, he got a Tutor, instead of his beloved Nurse who was taken away from him for that particular controversial reason.
His new Tutor, at nighttime, away from any hearing ear, talked to Caspian about all things magical.
We learn from Trumpkin that the Telmarines, the people who lived now in Narnia, “silenced the beasts and the trees and the fountains, and killed and drove away the Dwarfs and Fauns and are now trying to cover up even the memory of them. The king not allowing them to be spoken of.”
– The absolute ruling of the Telmarines led to censorship, which is crucial for this kind of political regime to rise. For this cause they silenced the voices who thought of other ways of living, since the Narnians were always free people (although, they were once ruled before, many years ago)
Doctor Cornelius, the Tutor, taught Caspian how to rule when he is to be King, how to make things right again:
“You can be kind to the poor remnants of the Dwarf people. You can gather learned magicians and try to find a way of awakening the trees once more. You can search through all the nooks and wild places of the land to see if any Fauns or Talking Beasts or Dwarfs are still alive in hiding.”
– Reconnecting to the past, keeping its memory alive is how we could do better: learning from mistakes and honoring what and who was good, but, through all, treasuring the History.
When talking about the Castle of Cair Paravel, Caspian mentioned the lie he had been taught: of there being ghosts, thus the reason the telmarines had not been going to those parts.
The truth was, in fact, said Doctor Cornelius, that: “that is a story invented by the Telmarines. Your kings are in deadly fear of the sea because they can never quite forget that in all stories Aslan comes from over the sea. They don’t want to go near it and they don’t want anyone else to go near it… They feel safer if no one in Narnia dares to go down to the coast and look out to the sea – towards Aslan’s land and the morning and the eastern end of the world.”
– The same approach today is seen through lies and fear presented to people as a way of living, trying to take people away from Faith, Hope and Love, and the searching of the Truth.
And the Truth can only be found in Jesus Christ. “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life.” (The Bible, John 14:6)
Time came for Caspian to flee from the castle, so he headed to the mountains, through wild places where he hoped he would still find Narnians.
“He was now in a land of hills, going up and down, but always more up than down.”
– Whenever we go through trials of faith, or we have difficulties in life, let us do our best, despite the highs and lows, to go more up than down, so that, in the end, we will overcome them.
Finally, after a least advantageous surrounding, he did get to meet a Talking Badger and a Dwarf. The Badger’s name was Trufflehunter.
“You Dwarfs are as forgetful and changeable as the Humans themselves. I’m a beast, I am, and a Badger what’s more. We don’t change. We hold on. I say great good will come of it. This is the true king of Narnia. And we beasts remember, even if Dwarfs forget, that Narnia was never right except when a son of Adam was King.”– Trufflehunter
“It’s not Man’s country but it’s a country for a man to be King of,” said the Badger.
– Nowadays we hear a lot that our planet doesn’t need humans, that it belongs to the animals and to nature in general. But this is false. God, when He created Nature, had seen that something was missing: the human being, a creature in His image. Therefore, He made us, from His own breath, and He gave us judgement and wisdom to rule over the animals. And, if we do want to do what is Right, we could do so much more if we would be the ones to help the environment that surrounds us, because we have a purpose.
The action is followed by a conversation between Trufflehunter and the Dwarf, on whether all the stories of the past of Narnia are real or not (here we must remember that the current story takes place hundreds of years after the Ruling of the Kings and Queens that we know, in Narnia, while in our world it has only been a year):
“I believe in the High King Peter and the rest that reigned at Cair Paravel, as firmly as I believe in Aslan himself.” said Trufflehunter.
“As firmly as that, I dare say,” said Trumpkin. “But who believes in Aslan nowadays?”
“I do,” said Caspian, “And if I hadn’t believed in him before, I would now. Back there among the Humans, the people who laughed at Aslan would have laughed at stories about Talking Beasts and Dwarfs. Sometimes I did wonder if there really was such a person as Aslan, but then sometimes I wondered if there were really people like you. Yet there you are.”
After they had finally decided that they had to start acting against Miraz, they decided to call everybody for a meeting, among all Narnians.
“To sleep under Narnian stars (on the Dancing Lawn), to drink nothing but well water and to live chiefly on nuts and wild fruit, was a strange experience for Caspian… But he had never enjoyed himself more… and he began already to harden and his face wore a kinglier look.”
– When you switch to the side of the Good, you’ll need proper friends, that will teach you effective ways of living, simple, but better, getting back to your origins, therefore becoming who you were meant to be. These ways might harden your exterior, while still possessing a loving heart (and this is how it is supposed to be).
Caspian was only a boy, but these surroundings turned him into a man.
Time came to take important decisions regarding the battle, and the Centaur said:
“Those who run first do not always run last. And why should we let the enemy choose our position instead of choosing it ourselves? Let us find a strong place.”
– While at war, find a good strategy. We need to be wise in our decisions, to become conquerors over evil. We need a strong place… in faith.
(Also, remember to “clean your sword”)
They have decided to use the Hunting Horn (the one Queen Susan received as a gift in the first book) and they sent messengers to the ancient and magical places of Narnia to welcome the help that will come.
Although Trumpkin did not believe in the Horn as being a useful tool, he did offer himself as a messenger.
“You are my King. I know the difference between giving advice and taking orders. You’ve had my advice, and now it’s the time for orders.” – Trumpkin
Doctor Cornelius proposed a specific moment for blowing the Horn:
“I would wait for sunrise… That sometimes has an effect in operations of White Magic.”
– We might remember what happened once at Sunrise in Narnia (but in our world as well) from the previous book.
At the blowing of Queen Susan’s Hunting Horn:
“The whole air was full of it, loud as thunder but far longer, cool and sweet as music over water, but strong enough to shake the woods,” Trumpkin told the children.
And that is how they were called back to the realm of Narnia.
“It’s a bit uncomfortable to know that we can be whistled for like that,” said Edmund.
– We will also be called like that once, to another place, at the right time, … and for eternity.
“… It’s worse than what Father says about living at the mercy of the telephone.”
While Trumpkin was telling them all these, it was hard for him to believe that the four children were the Kings and Queens of old, the ones that will help them against Miraz. Therefore, they showed Trumpkin their old skills, through Edmund’s sword fight and an arrow shooting match with Susan.
“… the air of Narnia had been working upon him ever since they arrived on the island, and all his old battles came back to him, and his arms and fingers remembered their old skill. He was King Edmund once more.”
After his defeat, Trumpkin earned himself the very own nickname he had used on the children: Dear Little Friend (DLF).
As the children got re-accustomed to Narnia, to Narnian stars and Narnian woods, at one point they encountered a bear, but this was not a talking bear, ever since Narnian’s enemies came there, many of the animals became dumb, wild; which made Lucy think:
“Wouldn’t it be dreadful if some day, in our own world, at home, men started going wild inside, like the animals here and still looked like men, so that you’d never know which were which?”
On their way to reach Aslan’s How, to help Caspian in the battle against Miraz, they got lost through the woods, until they reached the Rush River, which was surrounded by a gorge.
This is the place where Lucy saw Aslan Himself, on the other side of the gorge, right before the others wanted to go in an opposite direction.
“And he wanted us to go where he was – up there,” said Lucy.
The others wouldn’t believe her, some because “none of them saw anything”, and the Dwarf because “he knew nothing about Aslan.”
Still there was one person who took his time to decide: Edmund.
“When we discovered Narnia a year ago – or a thousand years ago, whichever it is – it was Lucy who discovered it first and none of us would believe her. I was the worst of the lot, I know. Yet she was right after all. Wouldn’t it be fair to believe her this time? I vote for going up.” said Edmund.
– Once the heart is renewed, it will not go back. And Edmund’s heart was changed ever since his talk with Aslan, from their first experience in Narnia.
Despite Lucy’s pleads, they still went down the path, where they got lost, again, and they lost precious time for nothing.
Finally, they reached the Fords of Beruna, and they rejoiced:
“You can’t help feeling stronger when you look at a place where you won a glorious victory, not to mention a kingdom, hundreds of years ago.”
Here they were turned around by some soldiers, in the end admitting that Lucy was right after all. Since it was evening already, all they did after that was have supper and fall asleep.
“Lucy woke up with the feeling that the voice she liked best in the world had been calling her name.”
“There was certainly a noise in the glade, a noise such as trees make in high wind, though there was no wind tonight.”
– This reminds us of the day of the Holy Spirit, the day of the Pentecost, when He came down to Earth as a known presence. (The Bible, Acts chapter 1,2)
After dancing with the trees, Lucy saw him: the Lion.
“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. ”
“But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.” – Aslan
Now Aslan told her about the time lost that day.
“Oh, Aslan,” said Lucy. “I couldn’t have left the others and come up to you alone, how could I? Don’t look at me like that… oh, well, I suppose I could. Yes, and it wouldn’t have been alone, I know, not if I was with you. But what would have been the good?”
“To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No, nobody is ever told that.”
“But anyone can find out what will happen,” said Aslan. “If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell them you have seen me again; and that you must all get up at once and follow me – what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.”
“Will the others see you too?” asked Lucy.
“Certainly not at first,” said Aslan. “Later on, it depends.”
“But they won’t believe me!” said Lucy.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Aslan.
“Oh dear, oh dear,” said Lucy. “And I was so pleased at finding you again. And I thought you’d let me stay. And I thought you’d come roaring in and frighten all the enemies away – like last time. And now everything is going to be horrid.”
“It is hard for you, little one,” said Aslan. “But things never happen the same way twice. It has been hard for us all in Narnia before now.”
“Lucy buried her head in his mane to hide from his face. But there must have been magic in his mane. She could feel lion-strength going into her. Quite suddenly she sat up. “I’m sorry, Aslan,” she said. “I’m ready now.””
“Now you are a lioness,” said Aslan. “And now all Narnia will be renewed. But come. We have no time to lose.”
“Now, child,” said Aslan, when they had left the trees behind them, “I will wait here. Go and wake the others and tell them to follow me. If they will not, then you at least must follow me alone.”
Lucy tried at first to wake Peter, then Susan, and finally Edmund, who was the first one to get up, hearing about Aslan. Edmund rejoiced in hearing the news, but when he looked towards the place Lucy was pointing at, he “thought he saw something for a moment”, but then he didn’t see him.
“…why can’t I see him?”
“He said you mightn’t be able to.”
Yet, Edmund agreed to wake the others.
– Living on faith is not easy, but it is not hard
Living on faith, it’s a road with God.
(Lyrics by Romanian poet Costache Ioanid)
There are sometimes trials of our faith, in life; times of testing, when we must come out as conquerors, if we do as God taught us to, not to waste time “lost in the woods”.
After she woke everybody up, Lucy told them that they must leave immediately.
“And I do hope,” said Lucy in a tremulous voice, “that you will all come with me. Because – because I’ll have to go with him whether anyone else does or not.”
Although the others were skeptical about what Lucy had told them, Edmund stepped up:
“I’ll go with her, if she must go,” said him. “She’s been right before.”
After a challenging time deciding, Peter agreed with Lucy, though not fully understanding everything. Susan was the most annoyed at the time.
“Lucy went first, biting her lip and trying not to say all the things she thought of saying to Susan. But she forgot them when she fixed her eyes on Aslan.”
– Oh, when we keep our eyes on Jesus! How much more we could endure!
Aslan was invisible and silent to all but Lucy, so that she had to lead the way. They reached a narrow path, next to the gorge, but their path would take them right where they needed.
Soon enough, Edmund, then Peter and Trumpkin were able to see Aslan in front of them – all but Susan, who was able to see him only when they got closer to the hill of the Stone Table.
When they reached the trees, they were able to see Aslan’s How, which had been raised over the ancient Stone Table.
“…now Aslan had stopped and turned and stood facing them, looking so majestic that they felt as glad as anyone can who feels afraid, and as afraid as anyone can who feels glad.”
Aslan received their bows gladly.
“Then he turned and welcomed Edmund.”
“Well done,” were his words.
– The son who once took the wrong path, was walking now further and further on the right path.
Aslan did not forget Susan:
“You have listened to fears, child,” said Aslan.
“Come, let me breathe on you. Forget them.
Are you brave again?”
Soon after their reacquaintance, when Aslan made sure the Dwarf would know from now on who the Lion is (but in a friendly enough manner), the boys left to see Caspian, while the girls joined Aslan into a feast where Narnia was awakened at Aslan’s roar.
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
(“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”)
The boys and the DLF entered the Mound which had the Stone Table in its center.
There were drawings and carvings on the walls, and yet Peter and Edmund were in Narnia before any of that.
Before reaching the entrance to the central chamber, the boys stopped, for inside there was an argument going on between Nikabrik, Trufflehunter, Caspian and Doctor Cornelius. Nikabrik was out of patience.
“The help will come,” said Trufflehunter. “I stand by Aslan. Have patience, like us beasts. The help will come. It may be even now at the door.”
(They mentioned here that the Kings and Queens were Aslan’s servants, so calling for them by blowing the Horn is the same as calling for Aslan)
Nikabrik raised the possibility of calling the White Witch, since, he said, there isn’t much knowledge of the fact the Aslan did raise form the dead, after being sacrificed on the Stone Table.
– It was similar in the Bible: Jesus stayed in our world for only 40 more days before He ascended to Heaven, but He did not have a normal human body anymore, so He was able to disappear out of sight. There was a rumor back then, started by the Hebrew priests, that Jesus’s body would have been stolen, although, guarded by Roman soldiers, whose life depended on how they would do their job, this is not plausible.
Nikabrik said that a witch might never die; and we know that the demons do not die once the human they possessed dies, therefore, they could go to some other human.
Fortunately, it wasn’t long after Nikabrik brought up the idea that Caspian, Doctor Cornelius and Trufflehunter got on their feet to fight Nikabrik and his two guests which were nothing else than a hag and a werewolf to stop their plan. This resulted in killing the three traitors of Aslan.
After the fight was over, Peter, Edmund and Trumpkin encountered the others.
“Best of badgers,” Peter said. “You never doubted us all through.”
“No credit to me, your Majesty,” said Trufflehunter.
“I’m a beast and we don’t change. I’m a badger, what’s more, and we hold on.”
The plans for battle have begun, with Aslan, Queen Susan, and Queen Lucy “somewhere close”.
“We don’t know when he will act. In his time, no doubt, not ours. In the meantime, he would like us to do what we can on our own,” said Peter.
“Have you pen and ink, Master Doctor?”
“A scholar is never without them, Your Majesty,” answered Doctor Cornelius.
First thing they did was writing a letter to Miraz in order to challenge him to a single combat, and this letter was sent through King Edmund who “had a kind of greatness hung about him after Aslan had breathed on him at their meeting.”
There was betrayal upon the counselors of Miraz, of which the latter knew nothing about. Therefore, they made Miraz accept King Peter’s challenge on the grounds that whomever dies, they will have something to win, since they were at the head of the army, after Miraz.
Back to Aslan’s How, everybody was now preparing for the sword battle.
A small incident took place, although Reepicheep would’ve wanted to be a marshal on the list, Peter had to tell him gravely: “I am afraid it would not do. Some humans are afraid of mice…”
The combat was about to start.
“I wish Aslan had turned up before it came to this,” said Trumpkin.
“So do I,” said Trufflehunter. “But look behind you.”
And behind them stood hundreds and thousands of dryads and hamadryads and silvans who remind us of the unseen armies of angels God has sent in the past to help the Israelites during their battles.
Up to this day, God helps us in our battles through the Holy Spirit.
The fight was tough. Both Peter and Miraz were giving their very best. Peter was trying not to listen to the bad remarks of the Telmarines.
Soon enough, Miraz was facing down, exhausted, and not being able to get up at all. Peter, the gentleman that he was, gave him some time to get up. In the meantime, the Lords Glozelle and Sopespian started yelling to the telmarines that it was treachery, and as soon as they got the chance, they stabbed Miraz on his back.
Now, the entire battle has started. Everybody was holding onto their weapons, until the telmarines started seeing the Woods moving towards them, as the awakened trees plunged themselves in pursuit of the telmarines. The latter rushed to the bridge on the Great River, but there was no longer a bridge there, therefore, all was left to do was surrender.
What happened to the bridge follows a different path.
Early that morning, when the girls woke up, Aslan invited them to ride on his back again, just like they did so many centuries ago. They were surrounded by a merry party, the same one from last night when they rejoiced in the feast. They were heading towards the Great River. Then, the River-God saluted Aslan and asked him to be delivered from his chains, and this was followed by the breaking of the bridge until there was the Fords of Beruna again.
They entered the town of Beruna, passing by a school where they were joined by a little girl who was punished for looking out the window during the untrue history lesson that was taught under Miraz’s occupation.
Further on, they were joined by all the people and animals who needed joy and a safe place and safe company, after a sad and troubled life.
Close to Beaversdam town, there lay an old woman who seemed to have dwarf blood in her and who was very sick. At the sight of Aslan, she rejoiced:
“Oh, Aslan! I knew it was true. I’ve been waiting for this all my life.”
(In the Bible, there are two old people who waited their whole life to see the Saviour, Simeon and Anna, who were there when Baby Jesus was brought to the Temple for the first time)
Aslan healed her and he took her on his back, telling Susan and Lucy:
“You two queens will have to run now.”
“But we’d like that just as well,” said Susan.
– Many times, in life, not everything is given to us as easily – we might have to run on our way, just like everybody else, although we are kings and queens, princes and princesses through God’s grace, because He is the King of Kings.
Finally, they reached Peter’s army and Miraz’s surrounded army.
“And the first thing that happened was, that the old woman slipped off Aslan’s back and ran across to Caspian and they embraced one another; for she was his old nurse.”
At the sight of Aslan, the telmarines were deeply scared.
“They had not believed in lions and this made their fear greater.”
Not only did they not believe in Aslan, who is the Great Lion, but they didn’t even believe in what was the closest real thing for them.
This is what happens when wrong history and geography is thought in schools…
The Narnians welcomed Aslan, and Caspian’s turn came to meet him:
“Welcome, Prince,” said Aslan. “Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?”
“I – I don’t think I do, Sir,” said Caspian. “I’m only a kid.”
“Good,” said Aslan. “If you have felt yourself sufficient, it would have been proof that you were not.”
– It is the same with us, regarding eternal life: we can never win it, we are not good enough, and our acts are never enough; but Somebody is, and He promised us eternal life if only we believe in Jesus’s blood shed for us on the cross, taking our sins upon Himself, for us to be now free. And then, because we love Him for what He did for us, we will live for Him, even if it ever happens to make mistakes, He is still here for us, because He is good.
Another procession followed. After the healing of Reepicheep by Queen Lucy’s cordial, the High Mouse had discovered that he had lost his tail. He was now begging Aslan to bestow him his honour back, but the love of the other mice, who were willing to cut their tails off instead of “wearing an honour which is denied to the High Mouse” was what moved Aslan:
“Ah!” roared Aslan. “You have conquered me. You have great hearts. Not for the sake of your dignity, Reepicheep, but for the love that is between you and your people, and still more for the kindness your people showed me long ago when you ate away the cords that bound me on the Stone Table (and it was then, though you have long forgotten it, that you began to be Talking Mice), you shall have your tail again.”
A great feast was provided by Aslan.
… “But all-night Aslan and the Moon gazed upon each other with joyful and unblinking eyes.”
The following day, preparations for Caspian’s Coronation began, with news between the Telmarines that they would be provided with another home.
“Anyone who wished to go there must come to Aslan.”
On the appointed day, everybody was very festively dressed, especially the Kings and Queens.
“Yet nobody’s eyes were on them or the children.
The living and strokable gold of Aslan’s mane outshone them all.”
At the gathering, Aslan told everybody where the people of Telmar came from, that is from our world, as King Peter and his siblings did. They used to be pirates before conquering an island in our world where they found one of the chasms that took them to the world of Narnia.
“I was wishing that I came of a more honourable lineage,” said Caspian.
“You came of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.”
At last, some telmarines accepted Aslan’s offer to go back to our world on an island in the Pacific Ocean, being led, through the door in the air that Aslan had made, by King Peter, Queen Susan, King Edmund, and Queen Lucy, now in their school uniforms.
They bid farewell to all their friends, and then to Aslan himself, with tearing eyes, knowing that Peter and Susan would not return to Narnia again.
Their journey ended on the platform of the railway station, remembering the good times they all had once again in the land of Narnia.
All quotes from “Prince Caspian” are written in Blue, or else mentioned into Quotes Blocks.
Bible verses are from the English Standard Version 2016.
Below, I attached a video I made, a cover of the final song in the movie “Prince Caspian“, made by the Disney Studios: “The Call“, by Regina Spektor.
The scenes of the video are following the story it was based on.
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