December 22nd, 2005

Illustmaker me

Narnia, Susan, grown-ups, etc

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being an adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

C.S. Lewis


I've spent the morning reading articles on Lewis in a kind of desultory way--not really passionately, and I didn't take down notes on where they were and come up with smart links and good research paper habits. But the above quote was in several of them, and linked often to the question of Susan Pevensie, so I thought, hey--why not think about Susan and her fate? (I don't know if there's anyone on my f-list who hasn't read the Chronicles, but if so, the following contains spoilers about The Last Battle and the ultimate fate of the characters.)

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Illustmaker me

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