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Jennifer Duggan
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Affiliation with UVic English: Undergraduate Student,BA 2009 (UVic); MA 2012 (UBC)

Special Book: The Narnia Series, C.S. Lewis

When did you first read this book: I have no idea, but I used to order a seven-book set of the series every year from Scholastic, as my set from the prior year had always been read to shreds.

Which sentence from this book has special significance for you?

“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things – trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a playworld which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we’re leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”
(Puddleglum, Chapter 12, The Silver Chair)

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