Monday, September 17, 2007

Things I learned from C.S. Lewis:

bear meat

14 comments:

TimT said...

Is this in one of the Chronicles? I think I prefer a beer meet.

It's a little strange, given C S's noted proclivities for beer, that it doesn't feature at all in the Narnia books. It's all mead and wine and, yes, bear meat. And the occasional cup of tea.

nailpolishblues said...

Well, I must say that I prefer 'beer meet' or just any old beer [certain exceptions noted].

It is in the Chronicles, I think Prince Caspian. They also mutilate apples.

Beer was maybe too prosaic? I really can't say I've studied the man.

TimT said...

I think he rather made a point of his drinking - 'I'm a Christian, but I can sink an ale with the lads all right!' Then again, it has to be said that his family had a talent for alcohol (his brother was an alcoholic).

You're probably right about him finding beer too prosaic for books. He tended to use whatever food/drink seems poetically appropriate for his books. In his sf 'Out of the Silent Planet' trilogy - which has even more bizarre Christian references in it than the Chronicles - the characters gallivant about the universe drinking things like heavenly nectar and eating things like Edenic fruit.

In the Chronicles, I'm not sure if he has the Calormenes drink coffee. But I think the first thing Mr Tumnus does when he gets Lucy home is give her a cup of tea?

nailpolishblues said...

That's not what I always suspected Mr Tumnus giving Lucy. - er, yes but aside from my filthy mind it probably was tea or possibly chocolate. And I think sardines on toast - the English truly are revolting eaters.

I'm very bad at picking up Christian references unless they're terribly obvious. Something lacking in my education, I believe.

Winter said...

Yes, I believe it was Prince Caspian. We also learned you shouldn't eat it raw because it's "nasty".

TimT said...

It was doped tea. Tumnus had originally been told by the White Witch to bring the children to her, or something like that, but Tumnus evidently felt guilty about the whole thing because though he did dope the tea, causing Lucy to fall asleep, he didn't go to the Witch.

nailpolishblues said...

Crapping dial-up - I just lost my comments.

You'll have to believe me when I say that I was teasing poor C.S. about his use of language.

And asking Tim if he went off and looked that up...

TimT said...

No, I didn't look it up.

Dale Slamma said...

Terrible confession. Was strangely attracted to Mr Tumnus in movie version. Terribly attracted.

nailpolishblues said...

You were not alone in that, Dale. He was pretty hot. Or, um, so I've been told [noticed with my eyes, that kind of thing].

I shall never doubt you again, Timmy.

TimT said...

I somehow doubt that...

nailpolishblues said...

A doubting Timas?

nailpolishblues said...

Or should that be Timnus...?

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