The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Text

Everyone agreed to this and that was how the adventures began. It was the sort of house that you never seem to come to the end of, and it was full of unexpected places. The first few doors they tried led only into spare bedrooms, as everyone had expected that they would; but soon they came to a very long room full of pictures and there they found a suit of armour; and after that was a room all hung with green, with a harp in one corner; and then came three steps down and five steps up, and then a kind of little upstairs hall and a door that led out on to a balcony, and then a whole series of rooms that led into each other and were lined with books - most of them very old books and some bigger than a Bible in a church. And shortly after that they looked into a room that was quite empty except for one big wardrobe; the sort that has a looking-glass in the door. There was nothing else in the room at all except a dead blue-bottle on the window-sill.

Commentary

Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy have been evacuated from London during the war and sent to the country house of an old professor. On their first morning it is raining and the children start to explore the house. Elsewhere we are told it is a house visited by tourists, an ‘old and famous house’.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the first of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia stories, written for children, and widely read, not just by children, ever since their publication. A film version came out in 2005.

Themes

Leisure
Boundaries and Thresholds

Dominant Representational Strategies

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Country House
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Elite

Activities

Type
Detail

Rooms

Type
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
Detail

Objects

Type
Furniture
Detail
Supporting, Storage and Display

Bibliography

Direct Cross-References

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Lewis, C.S. (author) 1950

Book, CG1060

Indirect Cross-References

Names
Lewis, C.S. (author)
Date(s)
1950
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Description
Format
Book
Type
Genre
Novel
Publication
Puffin (Penguin Books), 1972, pp.11-12
Copyright
THE LION, THE WITC AND THE WARDROBE by C.S. Lewis copyright © C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. 1950. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes copyright © C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. 1950, 1955. Reprinted by permisison.
Location
Record ID
CG1059