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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Summary: Chapters 1-2

Instructor: Kristina Washington-Morris

Kristina has taught a variety of elementary classes and has a master's degree in elementary education.

Would you leave the place you call home and enter a whole new world if you could? 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe', written by C.S. Lewis, is a children's novel that explores a different world that lies beyond an ordinary wardrobe.

Chapter 1 - Lucy Looks into a Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis, begins in wartime England. Children living in cities like London were sent to safe countryside homes for protection. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are four siblings who were sent to live in the country. The children are excited that the Professor, the old man chosen to watch them, seems to be kind.

The morning after they arrive, the children awake to find it raining. This forces them to alter their plans to explore the outdoors. They decide instead to explore their temporary home, the Professor's house. It is a very large home, almost as big as a castle. The kids look through many hallways and rooms. They come to a room that is nearly empty. The only piece of furniture is a wardrobe, a large clothes cabinet with doors.

Peter, Susan, and Edmund don't think twice about the empty room and keep on searching other places in the house. Lucy, the youngest of the children, wants to see what is inside the large wardrobe. She opens the door and finds lots of fur coats. Loving the feeling of the coats, she steps inside to rub her face on the soft furs. She leaves the wardrobe door open and moves between the coats toward the back of it, expecting to hit a wall, but instead enters a snowy forest. This is where the adventure begins.

Lucy is shocked to find herself in this cold, wooded place, but rather than turn back she decides to walk further toward a light she sees ahead. She reaches the light and finds that it's a lamp post. While Lucy is staring at the light, a faun finds her. (A faun is a mythical creature that's human above the waist and goat below.) He carries brown paper wrapped packages and an umbrella to protect himself from the snow. Lucy and the faun are surprised to see each other.

Chapter 2 - What Lucy Found There

Lucy, being kind and curious, introduces herself to the faun. His name is Mr. Tumnus. He asks Lucy if she is a daughter of Eve. This is his way of asking Lucy if she is human. She quickly figures out what he is asking and informs Mr. Tumnus that she is indeed a human girl. Then Mr. Tumnus explains that Lucy has entered Narnia.

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