In Session 21, we read chapter 1 of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and discussed it. Some of the matters we discussed were:
- the evacuation of London during World War II
- the delight of exploring new places
- the attraction of large buildings with lots of rooms (perhaps it reminded Lewis of the image in the Bible (New Testament): “In my Father’s house are many rooms” John 14:1-4)
- what we learn about the four children from what they say in chapter 1
- the possible significance of the children’s names (Peter, Susan, Edmund, Lucy all the names have a long history, but only two of the names are Biblical (Peter and Susan)
- big books (especially the Bible – some – photos – here)
- how some words have changed in meaning and use since 1950 when the book was first published (especially chap, wireless and queer)
- badgers – a well-known and well-loved wild animal in Britain.
- the meaning of “bluebottle“: is it a fly or a flower?
(to be continued…)