Synopsis: Lucy meets the Magician. Aslan leaves. Lucy sees the Duffers for the first time. The others meet the Magician. The Dawn Treader leaves the island.
Coriakin wears a ‘chaplet of oak leaves’. Chaplet is a medieval word for a garland worn on the head, which also appears in heraldry (for example in the Irish name O’Hara’s crest). It is also a type of prayer which uses prayer beads. A chaplet of oak is also known as a civic crown, which was worn in Roman times. It was a distinguished military decoration which entitled the wearer to a place in the senate.
Why is Coriakin’s house ‘the least’ of Aslan’s ‘houses’? Where are his other houses? What’s the hierarchy?
Coriakin talks about ‘rough magic’. These words are taken from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I’m not overly familiar with this particular play, but this link gives further detail: http://www.enotes.com/homework-help/why-does-prospero-call-his-art-rough-magic-act-5-252652
Aslan tells Lucy that he calls ‘all times soon’. This fits in with Lewis’ discussion of God existing outside ‘time’ as we understand it. (He mentions this in Mere Christianity in order to try to explain how God could listen to multiple prayers at once.)
Coriakin reminds us of something we’ve known since LWW – Aslan is not a ‘tame lion’.
How does Coriakin know about British food? What else does he know about our world? Do other stars know these things?
Once my re-read of the Chronicles is complete, one of the other projects I’m hoping to begin is cooking and eating all the meals described in the books. The magician’s food here sounds like it would make a very pleasant lunch. The Magician only has bread and wine – is this a nod to Holy Communion?
The Magician’s instruments fall into two categories. Some are based on real things. An astrolabe is a navigational aid used in ancient and medieval times. An orrery is a mechanical model of the solar system (they also feature in the Harry Potter films and books). A chronoscope is an instrument to precisely measure small intervals of time. The other instruments are slightly different. The theodolind sounds like a theodolite (a surveying instrmuent) but may be named after a Lombard Queen of the Sixth Century. A choriambus sounds like a real machine, but is in fact a type of Greek poetic meter, and David Downing suggests in his book ‘Into the Wardrobe’ that a poisemeter is another play on words, being a fictitious machine for measuring poetic rhythms. Lewis seems to have enjoyed putting this list together.
When I was young I found the Duffers hilarious, particularly when they were mistaken for large mushrooms by Lucy. Now I’m less amused by this section, but I suspect that’s just down to my age! Why did the Magician make them only have one leg? What was the purpose of it?
Monopods (literal meaning: one foot) are not inventions of Lewis himself. Also known as skiapods (shadow foot), these mythical humanoids have been described and discussed in literature from Ancient Greece and Rome (including Pliny). This continued into the Middle Ages, with references in works by St Augustine – who wondered whether they were descended from Adam – and in the Hereford Mappa Mundi. They were always said to live somewhere far away, such as India.
Only Reepicheep could address the cowardly and spectacularly idiotic Dufflepuds as ‘worthy and intelligent’.
The magic used to create the map of the voyage so far sounds beautiful. I would love a copy of that map! We are told it now hangs in the Chamber of Instruments at Cair Paravel. This raises two questions for me. Firstly, what other treasures and interesting items are in there? Secondly, when we are told that Caspian lives at Cair Paravel, exactly what does this mean? Last time we saw Cair Paravel it was a deserted, overgrown ruin on a small island. Has it been rebuilt? Is it still on the island? Or has a new castle been created nearby which is called Cair Paravel?