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And I never could bear performing animals. ’ One feels a certain sympathy for him, though this is far from the author’s intention. Reepicheep immediately has cause for single combat with Eustace; and one can hardly blame Eustace for disliking this adventure into which he has been pulled. It promises to be uncomfortable, messy, dangerous, and starts by making him seasick and is going to be full or characters and situations he has never met and would not have chosen (this is blamed on the wrong school—a potent Progressive source of corruption, responsible for the treachery of Edmund—and the wrong books, or rather, lack of the right ones).

31 32 Margaret Patterson Hannay romantic, Sehnsucht, much more specific than either of those terms, is an insatiable longing for something that can never be grasped: “Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. ” We may think when we fall in love, or plan a trip to an exotic place, or begin a new field of work that our longings will be satisfied, but somehow they never are. ” This search for the inexpressible was the basis of Lewis’s life.

The boys were sent to schools in Malvern, England, a place where Warren was apparently quite happy, but Jack was miserable. Clumsy at games in a hierarchical society based largely on one’s skill on the playing fields, he became a target of ridicule. Like so many English writers of his generation, he later recalled his school days as the most unhappy period of his life. Although Warren later got Jack to admit that it was not as bad as he pictured it in his autobiography, the hierarchy also involved a good deal of homosexuality, with the younger boys heavily pressured to please the more powerful.

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