2 Jill Is Given A Task, The Silver Chair, The Chronicles of Narnia

well hi this is Ray Vaughn soldier welcome to the second chapter of this beautiful book called the Silver Chair it's the sixth of the seven of The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis and it is called Jill is given a task without a glance at Jill the lion roast was fadin in one last blow then as if satisfied with his work it turned and stalked slowly away back into the forest it must be a dream it must it must said Jill to herself I'll wake up in a moment but it wasn't and she didn't wish would never come to this dreadful place said Jill I don't believe scrubbed knew any more about it than I do or if he did he had no business to bring me here without warning me what it was like it's it's not my fault that he fell over the cliff if he'd left me alone we should both be alright then she remembered again the scream this scrub had given when he fell and burst into tears you know cryin is alright in his way one that lasts but you have to stop sooner and later and then you still have to decide what to do it when Jill stopped she found she was dreadfully thirsty she had been lying face downward and now she sat up the birds had ceased singing and there was perfect silence except for one small persistent sound which seemed to come from a good distance away she listened carefully and felt almost sure it was the sound of running water Jill got up and looked round her very carefully there was no sign of the land but there was so many trees about that it might easily be quite close without her seeing it for all she knew there there might be several lambs but her thirst was very bad now and she plucked up her courage to go and look for that running water she went on tiptoes stealing cautiously from tree to tree in stopping to peer rounder and every step the wood was so still that it was not difficult to decide where the sound was coming from it grew clearer every moment and sooner than she expected she came to an open Glade and saw the stream bright as glass running across the turf a stone's throw away from her but although this sight of the water made her feel ten times thirstier than before and she didn't rush forward and drink she stood as still as if she had been turned into stone with her mouth wide open and she had a very good reason just on this side of the stream lay the lion it lay with his head raised and his two fore paws out in front of it like the lands and through fogger square she knew at once that it had seen her for its eyes look straight into hers for a moment and then turned away as if it knew her quite well and didn't think much of her if I run away he'll be after me in a moment thought Jill and if I go on I used to run straight into its mouth anyway she couldn't have moved if she had tried and she couldn't take her eyes off it how long this lasted she could not be sure it seemed like hours and the thirst became so bad that she almost felt she would not mind being eaten by the lion if only she could be sure of getting a mouthful of water first if you're thirsty you may drink they were the first word Chien herds and scrub had spoken to her on the edge of the cliff for a second she stared here and there wondering who had spoken and then the voice said again if you are thirsty come and drink and of course she remembered what scrub and said about animals talking in that in the world and realized that it was the land of speaking anyway she had seen his lips moved this time and the police was not like a man's it was deeper wilder and stronger a sort of heavy golden voice it did it did not make her any less frightened than she had been before but it made her frightened in rather a different way argued not thirsty said the lion I'm dying of thirst said Jill that drink said the land may I could I would would you mind going away while I do said Jim the lion answered this on the bail look in a very low growl and as Jill gazed at his motionless bulk she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience the delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic well will you will you promise not to do anything to me if I do come said Jill I make no promise said the lion Jill was so thirsty now that without noticing it she had come a step nearer do you eat girls she said I have swallowed up girls and boys women and men kings and emperors cities and realms said the land it didn't say this as if it were boasting notices and nor as if it were sorry nor as if it were angry it just sent it I don't come and drink said Jill then you will die of thirst said the lion oh dear said Jill coming another step nearer I suppose I I must want to look for another stream then there is no other stream said the lion it never occurred to Jill to disbelieve the lion no one who had seen his Stern face could do that and her mind suddenly made itself up it was the worst thing she ever had to do but she went forward to this dream she knelt down she began scooping up water in her hand was the coldest most refreshing water she had ever tasted you didn't need to drink much of it for it quench your thirst at once before she tasted it she had been intending to make a dash away from the lion the moment she had finished now she realized that this would be on the whole the most dangerous thing of all she got up and stood there with her lips still wet from drinking come here said the lamb and she had to she was almost between its front paws now looking straight into its face but she couldn't stand that for long she dropped her eyes human child said the lion where is the boy he fell over the cliff said Jill and then it sir she did no one else to call it and it sounded cheek to call him nothing how did he come to do that human child he was trying to stop me from falling sir why were you so near the edge human child I was showing officer that is a very good answer human child do so no more and now here for the first time the Lions face became a little less stern the boy is safe I am blown into Narnia but your task will be the hunter because of what you have done please what tasks sir the task for which I called you and him here out of your own world well this puzzle Jill very much its mistaking me for someone else she thought she didn't dare to tell the lion this though she felt things would get into a dreadful muddle unless she did speak your thought human I said the land well I I was wondering I mean could there be some mistake because nobody called me in the scrub you know it was we and west to come here scrub said we were to call to somebody it was a name I wouldn't know it perhaps that somebody would let us in and we did and then we found the door open you could not you would not have called me unless I had been calling – you said the lamp then you are somebody sir said Joe I am and now here your task far from here at the land of Narnia there lives an aged king who is sad because he has no prints of his blood to be king after him he has no heir because his only son was stolen from him many years ago and no one in Narnian knows where that Prince went on whether he is still alive but he is now i Leon you this command did you seek this lost Prince until either you have found him and brought him to his father's house or else died in the attempt or else gone back to your own world now please said Jill I will tell you child say the lion these are the signs but which I will guide you in your quest first as soon as the boy used to sets foot in Narnia he will meet an old and dear friend he must greet that friend at once and if he does you will both have good help second you must journey out of Narnia to the north till you come to the ruined city of the ancient Giants third you shall find a writing on a stone in that ruined City and you must do what the writing tells you fourth you will know the lost Prince if you find him by this that he will be the first person you have met in your travels who will ask you to do something in my name in the name of Aslan as the lions seem to have finished Jill thought she should say something so she said thank you very much I see a child said haslund and a gentler voice than he had yet used perhaps you do not see quite as well as you think but the first step is to remember repeat to me in order the four signs Jill tried and didn't give them quite right so the land corrected her and made her repeat them again and again until she could say them perfectly he was very patient over this so that when it was done Jill plucked up courage to ask please how am I to get to Narnia on my breath said the lion I will blow you into the west of the world as I blew Eustace shall I catch him in time to tell him the first sign but I suppose it won't matter if he sees an old friend he's sure to go and speak to him isn't he you will have time to spare said the lion that is why I must send you at once come walk before me to the edge of the cliff don't remember it very well that if there was no time to spare that was her own fault if I had made such a fool of myself scrub and I would have been going together and he'd have heard all the instructions as well as me she thought so she did as she was told it was very alarming walking back to the edge of the cliff especially as the lion did not walk with her but behind her making no noise on his soft paws but long before she had got anywhere near the edge the voice behind her said stand still in a moment I will blow but first remember remember remember the signs say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night and when you wake in the middle of the night and whatever strange things may happen to you let nothing turn your mind from following the signs and secondly I give you a warning here on this mountain I have spoken to you clearly I will not often do so down in Narnia here on the mountain the air is clear and your mind is clear as you drop down into Narnia the air will thicken take great care that it does not confuse your mind and the science which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look when you meet them there that is why it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances remember the signs and believe this lands nothing else matters and now Tata vivre farewell the voice had been growing softer toward the end of the speech now it faded away altogether Jill looked behind her to her astonishment she saw the cliff already more than 100 yards behind her and the land himself a speck of bright gold on the edge of it she had been setting her teeth and clenching her fists for a terrible blast of lamb's breath but the breath had really been so gentle that she had not even noticed the moment at which she left the earth and now there was nothing but air for thousands upon thousands of feet below her she felt frightened told me for a second for one thing the world beneath her was so very far away that it seemed to have nothing to do with her for another lone England the breadth of the land was so extremely comfortable she found she could lie on her back or on her face and twist any way she pleased just as you can in water if you've learned to float really well and because she was moving at the same pace as the breath there was no wind and the air seemed beautifully warm it was not in the least like being in an airplane because there was no noise and no vibration if Jill had ever been in a balloon she might have thought it more like a mat only better when she looked back now she could take in for the first time the real size of the mountain she was leaving she wondered why a mountain so huges that was not covered with snow and ice but I suppose all that sort of thing is different in this world thought Jill then she looked me lower but she was so high that she couldn't make out whether she was floating over land or sea nor what speed she was going at by Jove this and Jill suddenly said I'd better repeat them she was in a panic for a second or two but she found she could still say them all correctly so that's all right she said and lay back on the air as if it was a sofa with a sigh of contentment well I do declare said Jill to ourselves now my words later I've been asleep fancy sleeping on air I wonder if anyone's done it before I don't suppose they have Oh bother scrub probably has this same journey a little bit before me let's see what it looks like down below what it looked like was an enormous very dark blue planet there were no Hills to be seen but they were biggish white things moving slowly across it those must be clouds she thought but far bigger than the ones we saw from the cliff I suppose they're bigger because they're never I must be getting lower father this Sun the Sun which had been high overhead when she began her journey was now getting into her eyes this meant that it was getting lower ahead of her scrub was quite right in saying the Jill I don't know about girls in general didn't think much about points of the compass otherwise she would have known when the Sun began getting in her eyes that she was traveling pretty nearly due west staring at the blue plain below her she presently noticed that there were little dots of brighter paler color in it here and there it's the sea thought Jill I do believe those are Island and so they were and she might have felt rather jealous if she had known that some of them were islands were scrubbed and sin that which is the scrub is seen from a ship's neck and even landed on but she didn't know this then later on she began to see that there were little wrinkles on the blue flatness little wrinkles which must be quite big ocean waves if you were down among them and now all along the horizon there was a thick dark line which grew thicker and darker so quickly that you can see it growing that was the first sign she had of the great speed at which she was traveling and she knew that the thickening line must be land suddenly from her left for the wind was in the South a great white cloud came rushing toward her at this time on the same level as herself and before she knew where she was she had shot right into the middle of it's cold wet fogginess that took her breath away but she was in and in and only for a moment she came out blinking in the sunlight and found her clothes wet she had on a blazer and sweater and shorts and stockings and pretty thick shoes it had been a muddy sort of day in England she came out lower than she had gone in and as soon as she did so she noticed something which I suppose she ought to have been expecting but which came as a surprise and a shock it was noises up till then she travelled in total silence now for the first time she heard the noise of waves in the crying of seagulls and now too she smelled the smell of the sea there was no mistake about her speed now she saw two waves meet with a smack then a spout of foam to go up between them but she'd hardly seen it before it was a hundred yards behind her the land was getting nearer at a great pace she could see mountains far inland and other nearer mountains on her left she could see bays and headlands woods and fields stretches of sandy beach the sound of waves breaking on the shore was growing louder every second and drowning the other sea noises suddenly the land opened right out of her she was coming to the mouth of a river she was very low now only a few feet from the water a wave top came against her toe and a great splash a foam spurted up drenching her nearly to the waist and now she was losing the speed instead of being carried up the river she was gliding into the river bank on her left there were so many things to notice and she could hardly take them all in a as smooth green lawn a ship so brightly colored that it looked like an enormous piece of jewlery towers and battlements banners fluttering in the air a crowd strange clothes armor gold swords a sound of music but this was all jumbled that the first thing that she knew clearly was that she had alighted and was standing under a thicket of trees close by the riverside and there only a few feet away from her was scrub the first thing she thought was how very grubby and untidy and generally unimpressive he looked and the second was how wet I am that's the end of chapter 2 chapter 3 is called the sailing of the king so would you see you back here tomorrow and we'll share it you

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