We have been having magnificent weather here in Ireland. The sun has been shining and a gentle breeze has been blowing. It has been difficult to resist the imperious call of the garden- even to the neglect of other duties! But now the warm spell is ending. Clouds have appeared, and rain is forecast. Our luck, if it is luck, is coming to an end. The final hours of such a time always reminds my of a masterly passage in C. S. Lewis’ children’s story “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
“But this pleasant time did not last. There came an evening when Lucy, gazing idly astern at the long furrow or wake they were leaving behind them, saw a great rack of clouds building itself up in the west with amazing speed. Then there was a gap torn in it and a yellow sunset poured through the gap. All the waves behind them seemed to take on unusual shapes and the sea was a drab or yellowish colour like a dirty canvas. The air grew cold. The ship seemed to move uneasily as if she felt danger behind her. The sail would be flat and limp on minute and wildly full the next. While she was noting these things and wondering at a sinister change which had come over the very voice of the wind, Drinian cried “All hands on deck.” In a moment…”
Those who want to know what happens next should read on. And those who do not yet now the “Chronicles of Narnia” should begin to explore them starting with “The Magicians Nephew.”– where they will find much enchantment and wisdom.
Note: See how Lewis says what he wants to say by only using simple words and short sentences.