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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday Guest: the Sea People


From: CS Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The quote: "It'll never do for the sailors to see all that," said Drinian. "We'll have men falling in love with a sea-woman, or falling in love with the undersea country itself, and jumping overboard."

The exception: The only expressly sexy episode in the Chronicles, given the audiences they were prima facie addressed to. A refined eroticism had pervaded the whole of Lewis' novel Perelandra, not only because of the nakedness of the Venusian Eve, but because the whole geography of the place was definitely Freudian.