The voyage of the Dawn Treader chapter ONE


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chapter ONE THE picture IN THE BEDROOM THERE was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he virtually deserved it. His parents referred to as him Eustace Clarence and also masters called him Scrubb. I can't call you exactly how his friends spoke to him, for he had actually none. He didn't contact his Father and Mother "Father" and also "Mother", however Harold and Alberta. Lock were an extremely up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and also teetotallers and also wore a special type of underclothes. In their home there was very small furniture and also very couple of clothes ~ above beds and also the home windows were always open. Eustace Clarence favored animals, especially beetles, if they to be dead and also pinned ~ above a card. The liked publications if they were books of information and also had pictures of grain elevators or of fat foreign kids doing practice in version schools. Eustace Clarence disliked his cousins the 4 Pevensies, Peter, Susan, Edmund and also Lucy. However he was fairly glad when he heard that Edmund and also Lucy were coming to stay. Because that deep under inside him he liked bossing and bullying; and, though he was a puny small person that couldn't have stood up even to Lucy, permit alone Edmund, in a fight, the knew the there space dozens of ways to give people a bad time if you room in your very own home and they are just visitors. Edmund and Lucy did no at all desire to come and stay v Uncle Harold and Aunt Alberta. But it really couldn't it is in helped. Father had obtained a task lecturing in America for sixteen weeks that summer, and also Mother to be to go through him since she hadn't had a genuine holiday because that ten years. Peter to be working an extremely hard because that an exam and he was to spend the holidays gift coached by old Professor Kirke in whose residence these four children had had actually wonderful adventures long ago in the war years. If he had still remained in that residence he would have had them every to stay. Yet he had actually somehow become negative since the old days and was living in a small cottage with only one bedroom come spare. It would certainly have expense too much money to take it the other three all to America, and Susan had actually gone. Grown-ups thought her the pretty one of the family and she was no an excellent at school work-related (though otherwise an extremely old for she age) and also Mother stated she "would get far much more out of a expedition to America than the youngsters". Edmund and Lucy tried not to grudge Susan her luck, yet it was disastrous having to spend the summer holidays at your Aunt's. "But it's much worse for me," said Edmund, "because you'll in ~ least have actually a room of her own and I shall need to share a bedroom v that document stinker, Eustace." The story starts on an afternoon as soon as Edmund and also Lucy to be stealing a few precious minutes alone together. And of food they were talking about Narnia, which was the name of their own private and an enig country. Most of us, i suppose, have a secret country however for most of us it is just an imaginary country. Edmund and Lucy were luckier 보다 other people in that respect. Their an enig country was real. Castle had already visited the twice; not in a video game or a dream however in reality. They had acquired there of course by Magic, i beg your pardon is the only way of acquiring to Narnia. And a promise, or really nearly a promise, had been make them in Narnia itself the they would some day acquire back. You may imagine the they talked around it a good deal, as soon as they gained the chance. They to be in Lucy's room, sit on the edge of her bed and also looking in ~ a snapshot on the opposite wall. It to be the only snapshot in the house that lock liked. Aunt Alberta didn't choose it at all (that to be why the was put away in a tiny back room upstairs), yet she couldn't get rid of it because it had been a wedding existing from someone she go not want to offend. It was a picture of a ship - a ship cruising straight towards you. Her prow to be gilded and shaped choose the head the a dragon through wide-open mouth. She had actually only one mast and one large, square sail which to be a well-off purple. The sides of the delivery - what you could see of them where the gilded wing of the dragon ended-were green. She had just run as much as the height of one glorious blue wave, and the nearer slope of that wave came down towards you, through streaks and also bubbles ~ above it. She to be obviously running fast prior to a happy wind, listing over a little on her harbor side. (By the way, if you are going to read this story at all, and also if you don't know already, friend had better get it right into your head that the left the a ship once you space looking ahead, is port, and the right is starboard.) every the sunlight dropped on her from the side, and the water on the side was complete of greens and purples. ~ above the other, it was darker blue native the shadow of the ship. "The inquiry is," claimed Edmund, "whether the doesn't make things worse, looking at a Narnian ship when you can't get there." "Even looking is much better than nothing," claimed Lucy. "And she is together a really Narnian ship." "Still play your old game?" stated Eustace Clarence, who had been listening exterior the door and also now come grinning into the room. Last year, once he had been staying with the Pevensies, that had regulated to hear them all talking of Narnia and he love teasing them about it. He assumed of course that they were making it every up; and also as the was far too stupid to make anything up himself, the did not approve of that. "You're no wanted here," said Edmund curtly. "I'm trying come think that a limerick," said Eustace. "Something like this: "Some kids who play games about Narnia gained gradually balmier and balmier - " "Well Narnia and balmier don't rhyme, to start with," claimed Lucy. "It's one assonance," stated Eustace. "Don't ask him what an assy-thingummy is," claimed Edmund. "He's only longing to it is in asked. Say nothing and also perhaps he'll walk away." many boys, on conference a reception choose this, would either have actually cleared out or flared up. Eustace did neither. He simply hung around grinning, and presently began talking again. "Do you prefer that picture?" the asked. "For heaven's benefits don't allow him obtain started about Art and also all that," stated Edmund hurriedly, but Lucy, that was really truthful, had already said, "Yes, ns do. I favor it an extremely much." "It's a rotten picture," stated Eustace. "You won't see it if you step outside," claimed Edmund. "Why perform you choose it?" claimed Eustace to Lucy. "Well, for one thing," claimed Lucy, "I like it since the delivery looks as if that was yes, really moving. And the water looks together if that was yes, really wet. And also the waves look together if they were really going up and also down." Of course Eustace knew lots of answers come this, yet he didn't speak anything. The reason was the at that very moment that looked in ~ the waves and saw that they walk look very much indeed as if they were going up and down. He had actually only once been in a ship (and then only as much as the Isle that Wight) and had to be horribly seasick. The watch of the tide in the snapshot made him feeling sick again. The turned rather green and also tried an additional look. And also then all three children were staring with open mouths. What they to be seeing may be hard to believe when you review it in print, yet it was virtually as difficult to think when you experienced it happening. The things in the photo were moving. That didn't look in ~ all like a cinema either; the color were too real and clean and out-of-doors because that that. Down went the prow of the ship into the wave and also up went a good shock that spray. And also then up went the wave behind her, and her stern and also her deck became visible because that the an initial time, and also then disappeared as the following wave came to meet her and also her bows went increase again. In ~ the same minute an exercise book which had actually been lying alongside Edmund ~ above the bed flapped, rose and also sailed v the air to the wall behind him, and Lucy felt every her hair whipping round her face as it does on a windy day. And this to be a publicly day; however the wind was blowing out of the photo towards them. And suddenly v the wind come the noises-the swishing the waves and also the slap that water versus the ship's sides and the creaking and the in its entirety high steady roar of air and water. However it to be the smell, the wild, briny smell, which really encouraged Lucy the she was not dreaming. "Stop it," come Eustace's voice, squeaky with fright and also bad temper. "It's some silly trick you two space playing. Avoid it. I'll phone call Alberta - Ow!" The other two were much much more accustomed come adventures, but, just exactly as Eustace Clarence claimed "Ow," they both claimed "Ow" too. The reason was that a great cold, salt splash had damaged right the end of the frame and also they to be breathless native the smack of it, as well as being wet through. "I'll smash the rotten thing," cry Eustace; and then number of things occurred at the exact same time. Eustace rushed in the direction of the picture. Edmund, who knew something about magic, sprang ~ him, warning him to look out and also not to be a fool. Lucy got hold of at him from the other side and was dragged forward. And by this time either they had grown lot smaller or the snapshot had get an impression bigger. Eustace jumped to try to traction it turn off the wall and uncovered himself was standing on the frame; in former of that was not glass however real sea, and also wind and also waves rushing as much as the structure as they can to a rock. He shed his head and clutched in ~ the other two who had jumped up beside him. There was a second of struggling and shouting, and also just together they thought they had obtained their balance a great blue roller surged up ring them, swept them off your feet, and also drew castle down into the sea. Eustace's despairing cry suddenly ended as the water obtained into his mouth. Lucy thanked she stars the she had functioned hard in ~ her swimming last summer term. It is true that she would certainly have gained on much better if she had used a slow stroke, and also that the water feeling a good deal colder than it had looked while it was just a picture. Still, she maintained her head and kicked she shoes off, together everyone candlestick to carry out who falls into deep water in their clothes. She even kept she mouth shut and also her eye open. They to be still quite near the ship; she saw its green side towering high above them, and people feather at she from the deck. Then, as one can have expected, Eustace clutched at her in a panic and down they both went. as soon as they came up again she observed a white figure diving off the ship's side. Edmund was close next to her now, treading water, and also had recorded the eight of the howling Eustace. Climate someone else, whose confront was vaguely familiar, slipped an eight under her from the various other side. There was a most shouting walking on indigenous the ship, heads crowding together above the bulwarks, ropes gift thrown. Edmund and the stranger to be fastening ropes round her. After ~ that complied with what seemed a very long hold-up during which her face got blue and also her teeth started chattering. In truth the hold-up was not an extremely long; castle were wait till the moment when she can be acquired on board the delivery without gift dashed versus its side. Also with every their ideal endeavours she had actually a bruised knee when she lastly stood, dripping and also shivering, top top the deck. After her Edmund was heaved up, and then the miserable Eustace. Critical of all came the stranger - a golden-headed boy part years older than herself. "Ca - Ca - Caspian!" gasped Lucy as soon as she had breath enough. For Caspian that was; Caspian, the boy king of Narnia whom they had helped to set on the throne throughout their critical visit. Immediately Edmund well-known him too. All three shook hands and clapped one one more on the back with great delight. "But that is her friend?" claimed Caspian virtually at once, turning to Eustace v his you re welcome smile. However Eustace was crying much harder than any boy of his age has a appropriate to cry once nothing worse than a wetting has actually happened to him, and would only yell out, "Let me go. Allow me walk back. Ns don't favor it." "Let you go?" said Caspian. "But where?" Eustace rushed to the ship's side, as if he intended to see the snapshot frame hanging above the sea, and perhaps a glimpse that Lucy's bedroom. What he observed was blue waves flecked v foam, and paler blue sky, both spreading without a rest to the horizon. Probably we can hardly blame the if his love sank. He was promptly sick. "Hey! Rynelf," claimed Caspian to among the sailors. "Bring spiced alcohol for your Majesties. You'll need something to heat you after that dip." He dubbed Edmund and also Lucy their Majesties due to the fact that they and Peter and Susan had actually all been Kings and also Queens of Narnia long before his time. Narnian time flows in different way from ours. If you invested a hundred years in Narnia, you would certainly still come ago to our people at the really same hour the the really same work on which friend left. And also then, if girlfriend went ago to Narnia after ~ spending a week here, you might find the a thousand Narnian years had passed, or only a day, or no time in ~ all. Girlfriend never understand till you get there. Consequently, when the Pevensie children had went back to Narnia last time for their 2nd visit, it was (for the Narnians) as if King Arthur came ago to Britain, together some human being say that will. And I say the sooner the better. Rynelf reverted with the spiced alcohol steaming in a flagon and four silver- cups. The was simply what one wanted, and as Lucy and Edmund stopper it they might feel the warm going best down to their toes. However Eustace do faces and spluttered and spat it out and also was noble again and also began come cry again and also asked if castle hadn't any type of Plumptree's Vitaminized Nerve Food and also could it be made through distilled water and anyway that insisted ~ above being placed ashore in ~ the following station. "This is a merry shipmate you've carried us, Brother," whispered Caspian to Edmund through a chuckle; but prior to he can say anything much more Eustace burst out again. "Oh! Ugh! What ~ above earth's that! take it away, the horrid thing." he really had actually some forgive this time for feeling a little surprised. Something very curious indeed had actually come the end of the cabin in the poop and also was gradually approaching them. Friend might call it - and also indeed it was - a Mouse. Yet then it was a computer mouse on its hind legs and stood around two feet high. A thin band of yellow passed ring its head under one ear and over the other and also in this to be stuck a long crimson feather. (As the Mouse's fur was an extremely dark, practically black, the effect was bold and striking.) that is left paw rest on the hilt that a sword very nearly as long as that is tail. That is balance, together it paced gravely along the swaying deck, to be perfect, and its courtesy courtly. Lucy and also Edmund known it at as soon as Reepicheep, the many valiant of all the talking Beasts of Narnia, and also the chef Mouse. It had won undying glory in the second Battle the Beruna. Lucy longed, together she had constantly done, to take it Reepicheep up in her arms and cuddle him. However this, together she well knew, to be a satisfied she could never have: it would have offended that deeply. Instead, she went down on one knee to speak to him. Reepicheep put forward his left leg, drew earlier his right, bowed, kissed she hand, straightened himself, twirled his whiskers, and also said in his shrill, piping voice: "My humble duty to your Majesty. And also to King Edmund, too." (Here the bowed again.) "Nothing other than your Majesties' visibility was doing not have to this glorious venture." "Ugh, take it it away," wailed Eustace. "I dislike mice. And also I never might bear performing animals. They're silly and also vulgar and-and sentimental." "Am i to understand," stated Reepicheep to Lucy ~ a lengthy stare at Eustace, "that this singularly discourteous person is under your Majesty's protection? Because, if no - " at this minute Lucy and Edmund both sneezed. "What a fool i am to save you all standing below in your wet things," stated Caspian. "Come ~ above below and also get changed. I'll give you mine cabin that course, Lucy, but I'm afraid we have actually no women's garments on board. You'll have to make execute with several of mine. Lead the way, Reepicheep, favor a an excellent fellow." "To the convenience the a lady," stated Reepicheep, "even a concern of honour have to give way - at the very least for the minute - " and also here that looked really hard at Eustace. However Caspian hustled lock on and in a couple of minutes Lucy found herself passing with the door right into the stern cabin. She fell in love through it at once - the three square windows that looked out on the blue, swirling water astern, the short cushioned benches round 3 sides that the table, the swinging silver lamp overhead (Dwarfs' work, she knew at as soon as by that is exquisite delicacy) and also the flat gold picture of Aslan the Lion top top the forward wall surface above the door. All this she soaked up in a flash, because that Caspian immediately opened a door on the starboard side, and said, "This'll be her room, Lucy. I'll just gain some dry points for myself - " he was rummaging in one of the lockers while he speak - "and then leave you to change. If you'll fling your wet things exterior the door I'll gain them taken to the galley to be dried." Lucy uncovered herself as much at residence as if she had been in Caspian's cabin for weeks, and also the motion of the ship did not issue her, because that in the old days as soon as she had been a queen in Narnia she had actually done a great deal that voyaging. The cabin was an extremely tiny yet bright through painted panels (all birds and also beasts and crimson dragons and vines) and also spotlessly clean. Caspian's clothes were too huge for her, however she can manage. His shoes, sandals and sea-boots to be hopelessly huge but she did no mind walking barefoot on board ship.

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When she had actually finished dressing she looked out of her window at the water rushing past and took a lengthy deep breath. She felt fairly sure they to be in because that a lover time.