The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Summary: Chapters 7-8

Instructor: Kristina Washington-Morris

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

What would you do if you were lost in a strange land? How would you get home? The children of ''The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,'' by C.S. Lewis, become lost in Narnia. This lesson summarizes the events of chapters seven and eight.

Chapter Seven - A Day with the Beavers

This chapter begins with Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy who are all siblings, following a robin through the woods of Narnia, in hopes of finding where poor Mr. Tumnus, Lucy's faun friend, had been taken. After following the robin for some time, it flies away and leaves the children further lost. Just as they are beginning to get worried, they notice an animal hiding in the darkest part of the forest. At first they are frightened, but then they see it is a beaver waving at them. Mr. Beaver quickly explains he has been sent to help them. He shows the handkerchief Lucy had given Mr. Tumnus to prove he can be trusted. Mr. Beaver also warns them to be quiet because even the trees have ears and may report to the Witch.

They quietly walk through the trees and come to the beaver's home, a frozen dam. A dam is an animal-made or man-made structure that slows the flow of a river. Once they enter the home, they are introduced to Mrs. Beaver. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver insist they have some dinner before discussing their current situation. Being cold, lost, and tired from all the walking, the kids are happy with this plan. All six of them work together to get a nice warm meal on the table. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver have a lovely, warm home and their hospitality makes the children feel safe.

A Beaver Dam
beaver dam

Chapter Eight - What Happened After Dinner

Once Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and the four children have finished dinner and tea, they begin making plans. The Beavers explain that Mr. Tumnus was taken north, probably to the Witch's home. This is not good news, as most creatures never return from her home. There are rumors that the Witch turns her enemies into stone statues. The Beavers explain that a rescue mission would be even more dangerous for the children because of a well-known prophecy in Narnia. A prophecy is a prediction of events that will happen in the future. The prophecy involving the children states that when four children of Adam and Eve return to the thrones of Carvil, the evil time of Narnia will end and the Witch will die.

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