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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Guest: Maugrim


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

The quote: Edmund stood and waited, his fingers aching with cold and his heart pounding in his chest, and presently the great wolf, Maugrim, the Chief of the Witch's Secret Police, came bounding back and said, "Come in! Come in! Fortunate favourite of the Queen -- or else not so fortunate."

The devil in the detail: Unless some blunder, the warrant signed by Maugrim (ch. 6) is the only place in the whole novel in which the evil Lady currently ruling Narnia is called "Jadis" instead of "the White Witch." And more precisely: . . .  her Imperial Majesty Jadis, Queen of Narnia, Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands, etc., already suggesting the future adventures in the saga. "Future" with regard to the order in which Lewis actually wrote the stories, not the final and deceiving one-volume rearrangement. That "etc." may forecast 'her' conquest of Underland.