C.S. Lewis on "The place of the lion"
- C.S. Lewis on 'The Place of the Lion'.
Source: Carpenter 1978:99.
"On 26 February 1936 Lewis wrote to Arthur Greeves: 'I have
just read what I think is a really great book, "The Place of
the Lion" by Charles Williams. It is based on the Platonic
theory of the other world in which the archetypes of all
earthly qualities exist: and in the novel these archetypes
start sucking our world back. The lion of strength appears in
the world and the strength starts going out of houses and
thing into him. The archtypal butterfly (enormous) appears and
all the butterflies of the world fly back into him. But every
man contains and ought to be able to rule these forces: and
there is one man in the book who does... The reading of it has
been a good preparation for Lent as far as I am concerned: for
is shows me (through the heroine) the special sin of the abuse
of intellect to which all in my profession are liable, more
clearly than I ever saw it before. I have learned more than I
ever knew yet about humility. Do get it, and don't mind if you
don't understand everything the first time. It deserves
reading over and over again. It isn't often nowadays you get a