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Chronicles of Narnia #04: Prince Caspian (Rack): The Return to Narnia

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Chapter Fourteen

How All Were Very Busy

A little before two o'clock, Trumpkin and the Badger sat with the rest of the creatures at the wood's edge looking across at the gleaming line of Miraz's army which was about two arrow-shots away. In between, a square space of level grass had been staked for the combat. At the two far corners stood Glozelle and Sopespian with drawn swords. At the near corners were Giant Wimbleweather and the Bulgy Bear, who in spite of all their warnings was sucking his paws and looking, to tell the truth, uncommonly silly. To make up for this, Glenstorm on the right of the lists, stock-still except when he stamped a hind hoof occasionally on the turf, looked much more imposing than the Telmarine baron who faced him on the left. Peter had just shaken hands with Edmund and the Doctor, and was now walking down to the combat. It was like the moment before the pistol goes at an important race, but very much worse.

"I wish Aslan had turned up before it came to this," said Trumpkin.

"So do I," said Trufflehunter. "But look behind you."

"Crows and crockery!" muttered the Dwarf as soon as he had done so. "What are they? Huge people — beautiful people — like gods and goddesses and giants. Hundreds and thousands of them, closing in behind us. What are they?"

"It's the Dryads and Hamadryads and Silvans," said Trufflehunter. "Aslan has wakened them."

"Humph!" said the Dwarf. "That'll be very useful if the enemy try any treachery. But it won't help the High King very much if Miraz proves handier with his sword."

The Badger said nothing, for now Peter and Miraz were entering the lists from opposite ends, both on foot, both in chain shirts, with helmets andshields. They advanced till they were close together. Both bowed and seemed to speak, but it was impossible to hear what they said. Next moment the two swords flashed in the sunlight. For a second the clash could be heard but it was immediately drowned because both armies began shouting like crowds at a football match.

"Well done, Peter, oh, well done!" shouted Edmund as he saw Miraz reel back a whole pace and a half. "Follow it up, quick!" And Peter did, and for a few seconds it looked as if the fight might be won. But then Miraz pulled himself together — began to make real use of his height and weight. "Miraz! Miraz! The King! The King!" came the roar of the Telmarines. Caspian and Edmund grew white with sickening anxiety.

"Peter is taking some dreadful knocks," said Edmund.

"Hullo!" said Caspian. "What's happening now?"

"Both falling apart," said Edmund. "A bit blown, I expect. Watch. Ah, now they're beginning again, more scientifically this time. Circling round and round, feeling each other's defences."

"I'm afraid this Miraz knows his work," muttered the Doctor. But hardly had he said this when there was such a clapping and baying and throwing up of hoods among the Old Narnians that it was nearly deafening.

"What was it? What was it?" asked the Doctor. "My old eyes missed it."

"The High King has pricked him in the armpit," said Caspian, still clapping. "Just where the arm-hole of the hauberk let the point through. First blood."

"It's looking ugly again, now, though," said Edmund. "Peter's not using his shield properly. He must be hurt in the left arm."

It was only too true. Everyone could see that Peter's shield hung limp. The shouting of the Telmarinesredoubled.

"You've seen more battles than I," said Caspian. "Is there any chance now?"

"Precious little," said Edmund. "I suppose he might just do it. With luck."

"Oh, why did we let it happen at all?" said Caspian.

Suddenly all the shouting on both sides died down. Edmund was puzzled for a moment. Then he said, "Oh, I see. They've both agreed to a rest. Come on, Doctor. You and I may be able to do something for the High King." They ran down to the lists and Peter came outside the ropes to meet them, his face red and sweaty, his chest heaving.

"Is your left arm wounded?" asked Edmund.

"It's not exactly a wound," Peter said. "I got the full weight of his shoulder on my shield — like a load of bricks — and the rim of the shield drove into my wrist. I don't think it's broken, but it might be a sprain. If you could tie it up very tight I think I could manage."

While they were doing this, Edmund asked anxiously, "What do you think of him, Peter?"

"Tough," said Peter. "Very tough. I have a chance if I can keep him on the hop till his weight and short wind come against him — in this hot sun too. To tell the truth, I haven't much chance else. Give my love to — to everyone at home, Ed, if he gets me. Here he comes into the lists again. So long, old chap. Goodbye, Doctor. And I say, Ed, say something specially nice to Trumpkin. He's been a brick."

Edmund couldn't speak. He walked back with the Doctor to his own lines with a sick feeling in his stomach.

But the new bout went well. Peter now seemed to be able to make some use of his shield, and he certainly made good use of his feet. He was almost playing Tig with Miraz now, keeping out of range, shifting his ground, makingthe enemy work.

"Coward!" booed the Telmarines. "Why don't you stand up to him? Don't you like it, eh? Thought you'd come to fight, not dance. Yah!"

"Oh, I do hope he won't listen to them," said Caspian.

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meadmisterfbc, May 13, 2008 (view all comments by meadmisterfbc)
This book is a fantastic way of re-entering Narnia after "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." The dramatic capture of Narnia by the wicked Telmarines sets the stage for this inspiring adventure. Caspian is young, and therefore most children relate to him. Those most likely to relate are homeless children, children from abusive homes, and children of divorced/deceased parents, because Caspian's father is deceased and his Aunt and Uncle are raising him, and soon after the beginning he must live life on his own. The book also gives a strong sense of the difference between right and wrong. You feel this from the great reverence given to Aslan, who represents the way of truth, and the deep evil and hatred given to King Miraz, who portrays exactly that.

The book does well in the fact that it reintroduces the four Pevensie children as children again, and as them being the long sought after aid. This helps children relate even more because it tells them that kids their age can change not only our world, but a world totally different from ours. Of course, in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," Aslan declared them as Kings and Queens in Narnia forever, saying, "Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king or queen in Narnia." So they are returning as royalty; but nothing is the same. This time difference sparks the interest immediately, making a person wonder if there really could be other worlds if time travelled differently.

The battles are epic, and the ending is dramatic and glorious, as well as happy (and slightly sad). I would say that this book is a first-class book and should be read by anyone who loves fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064471053
Subtitle:
The Return to Narnia
ill.:
Baynes, Pauline
Author:
Lewis, C.S.
Author:
by C. S. Lewis and Pauline Baynes
Author:
Baynes, Pauline
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Narnia (imaginary place)
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
HarperCollins Paperback
Series:
T he Chronicles of Narnia
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
20020305
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.05 in 16.56 oz
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by , Narnia . . . the land between the lamp-post and the castle of Cair Paravel, where animals talk, where magical things happen . . . and where the adventure begins. Peter, Susan Edmund and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia — the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

"Synopsis" by , A prince fights for his crown

Narnia ... where animals talk ... where trees walk ... where a battle is about to begin.

A prince denied his rightful throne gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

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