The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Summary: Chapters 13-14

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

In C.S. Lewis's ''The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,'' there is a great battle between good and evil. This summary covers the events in Chapters 13 and 14 where evil seems to win out and all hope seems lost.

The Witch's Victory

Have you ever forgotten an important homework assignment? Have you ever broken something that was special? We all know the, 'Oh no!' feeling when something really horrible happens. In Chapters 13 and 14, we come to the biggest, 'Oh no!' part of the book: all hope seems lost for Narnia as the White Witch claims victory over Aslan.

Deep Magic From the Dawn of Time

Chapter 13 starts as the dwarf and the White Witch are traveling to the Stone Table with Edmund as their prisoner. Suddenly, a wolf comes to tell them that he has been to the Stone Table and seen Aslan with Peter, Susan, Lucy, and the Beavers.

The White Witch summons the evil creatures to prepare for battle. She prepares to kill Edmund right there, when she is interrupted by loud shouts from an army Aslan had sent to rescue Edmund. They free Edmund and attempt to take the White Witch's life, but unfortunately she camouflages herself as a tree stump and gets away.

The next morning Peter, Susan, and Lucy hear that Edmund has been rescued. Aslan talks with Edmund and later tells the children to never speak of his betrayal again, because Aslan wants to demonstrate forgiveness. The children are happy to see their brother.

Aslan has a conversation with the White Witch. She reminds Aslan of the Deep Magic written on the Table of Stone. The Deep Magic states that every traitor's life belongs to the White Witch. Since Edmund betrayed Aslan and his siblings, his life belongs to her.

When Aslan returns to the children, he states that he has, 'settled the matter,' and that the White Witch has, 'renounced the claim' on Edmund's life. The children and creatures feel a sense of relief until Aslan roars, sending the White Witch running away.

The Triumph of the Witch

As chapter 14 begins, Aslan and his army move camps and set up by a river. He prepares a plan for battle with Peter. Susan and Lucy think Aslan seems sad. He tells them that the White Witch won't strike that night, yet a feeling of uncertainty falls on the camp.

Susan and Lucy have trouble sleeping and decide to leave their tent. They see Aslan following the path back to the Stone Table. Aslan hears the girls following and invites them to walk with him with their hands in his mane.

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