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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Guest: Tumnus


From: CS Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The quote: "Good evening, good evening.  Excuse me -- I don't want to be inquisitive -- but should I be right in thinking that you are a Daughter of Eve?"

The pic: This is Tumnus before his 'conversion,' i.e. when he is still "in the pay of the White Witch." The umbrella suggests claws, the tail pays tribute to HP Lovecraft.

The curio: The Italian word for wardrobe is "guardaroba." Which comes from which? Surely the original term is the English one, as robe refers to clothes while "roba" in Italian means "thing(s)," so it makes no sense except as a verbatim translation from English.