Re: C.S. Lewis Society Update 12/05/07
- The passage in 'That Hideous Strength' where the
reason Merlin in essential to the defeat of the NICE
is given in chapter 13 9('They have pulled down Deep
Heaven on their heads'). The planetary Powers cannot
put forth their full strengtgh without unmaking the
earth. they must work through a human instrument.
'through a man whose mind is open to be so invaded. ,
one who by his own will once opened it.... [Our Fair
Lord] will not suffer a mind that still has its
virginity to be so violated. And through a black
magician's mind theit purity neither can nor will
operate. One who has dabbled...in the days when
dabbling had not begun to be evil, or was only just
beginning...and also a Christian man and a penitent.'
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