The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Summary: Chapters 3-4

Instructor: Kristina Washington-Morris

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

''The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'', written by C.S. Lewis, is a novel that follows the adventures of four siblings in a magical land called Narnia. This lesson provides a summary of chapters 3 and 4.

Chapter 3 - Edmund and the Wardrobe

Chapter 3 of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe begins with Lucy's return from Narnia to the professor's home. She immediately runs to tell her three older siblings she has returned safely from her tea with Mr. Tumnus. Peter, Susan, and Edmund don't believe her though.

Lucy, being a truthful girl, pleads with her siblings that her story is real. She takes them into the wardrobe, but it seems to be a regular clothes closet with a wood back. Lucy wishes her brothers and sister would believe her and is saddened that she can't share with them her time in Narnia.

A week passes and the children find themselves playing hide and go seek once again on a rainy day. Lucy heads straight for the wardrobe in hopes of getting a quick glimpse of Narnia. She enters the wardrobe and is surprised to find Narnia. Edmund follows Lucy into the wardrobe and also enters Narnia. He realizes Lucy was telling the truth and is bothered that he has to admit this to the others. Edmund's reaction to finding Narnia shows his true personality.

Edmund begins looking for Lucy in snowy, cold Narnia, but doesn't have any luck. He hears bells and finds a sledge, or large sled, with a tall, stern-looking lady inside. She holds a golden scepter and has a crown on her head. She stops near Edmund and introduces herself as the Queen of Narnia. She then interrogates, or questions, Edmund on his background and why he is there. Edmund is frightened of this person.

Chapter 4 - Turkish Delight

The Queen of Narnia is initially quite mean to Edmund, calling him names and questioning his intelligence. Once she realizes he is human, she changes her behavior and becomes overly nice. Edmund doesn't trust this Queen of Narnia at first, but when she offers him a warm drink and any snack he would like, he controls his fear for the gifts. Edmund's desire for gifts is greater than his will to do the right thing.

The Queen of Narnia uses magic to prepare a warm drink and a large box of Turkish Delight, a jelly candy coated in powdered sugar. Edmund is amazed and quickly dives into the box of candies. While distracted by eating the sweets, the Queen asks many questions about Edmund's family. Edmund is so concerned with his Turkish Delight, he doesn't care what questions the Queen asks and answers her honestly. This is partly due to the fact that the Turkish Delights are enchanted, making Edmund constantly want more. This shows just how greedy Edmund can be.

Turkish Delight
turkish delight

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