>> Thursday, December 23, 2010
"The third day out a pirate (Terebinthian by her rig) overhauled us, but when she saw us well armed she stood off after some shooting of arrows on either part-" "And we ought to have given her chase and boarded her and hanged every mother's son of them," said Reepicheep.
"Anything to get off this blasted boat," said Eustace. "Blasted?" said Drinian. "How do you mean?" "In a civilized country like where I come from," said Eustace, "the ships are so big that when you're inside you wouldn't know you were at sea at all." "In that case you might just as well stay ashore," said Caspian.
"So that's what you are," said Caspian. "A kidnapper and slaver. I hope you're proud of it." "Now, now, now, now," said the slaver. "Don't you start any jaw. The easier you take it, the pleasanter all around, see?"
"The question before us really is-" "The question is," said the Duke, "whether you and the rest of the rabble will leave without a flogging or with one."
He never said the word Dragon to himself. Nor would it have made things any better if he had.
Others would have joined him if at that moment Reepicheep had not called out, "Don't fight! Push!" It was so unusual for the Mouse to advise anyone not to fight that, even in that terrible moment, every eye turned to him.
"I wonder," said Reepicheep, "do they become visible when you drive a sword into them?" "It looks as if we shall find out," said Caspian.
"I do not see these fifty warriors," observed Reepicheep. "That's right, that's right," said the Chief Voice. "You don't see us. And why not? Because we're invisible."
Indeed most of their remarks were the sort it would not be easy to disagree with: "What I always say is, when a chap's hungry, he likes some victuals," or "Getting dark now; always does at night," or even "Ah, you've come over the water. Powerful wet stuff, ain't it?"
"Please, Aslan," said Lucy, "what do you call soon?" "I call all times soon," said Aslan; and instantly he was vanished away and Lucy was alone with the Magician.
Behind them was the sea and the sun, before them was the Darkness.
"How are we to know you're a friend?" "You can't know," said the girl. "You can only believe-or not."
"Come, I am going to open the door in the sky."