that is not what a star is

Listening to Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader read yesterday with my children, we came to this familiar passage.

“I am Ramandu. But I see that you stare at one another and have not heard this name. And no wonder, for the days when I was a star had ceased long before any of you knew this world, and all the constellations have changed.” “Golly,” said Edmund under his breath. “He’s a retired star.” “…In our world,” said Eustace, “a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.” “Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is but only what it is made of.” (from chapter 14: The beginning of the end of the world)

I’ve posted here on this same theme before.

weak on dragons

Thanks to my sister for this passage from Future Men by Douglas Wilson (which I have not read). Most of it is a quote from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Eustace Scrubb had stumbled into a dragon’s lair, but he did not know what kind of place it was. “Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon’s lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons.”