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24475Re: [mythsoc] Re: Writers at Mythcon

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  • David Bratman
    Jun 18, 2013
      Linda DeMars wrote:

      >That sounds much more likely Susan going
      >to Hell for liking "lipstick and nylons"
      >-- and does anyone remember that Lewis
      >did not say that, Jill did.

      Jill didn't say it either. Here's what Jill said:

      "Oh Susan! she's interested in nothing now-a-days except nylons and lipstick and invitations. She always was a jolly sight too keen on being grown-up."

      Do you see one word there about "going to Hell"?

      Nor is really about lipstick and nylons in themselves. Susan is being accused of trivializing herself with trying to be "grown-up" (the opposite of _really_ growing up, as Polly immediately explains) and has thereby, as Peter and Eustace have previously stated, lost Narnia.

      Susan's tragedy is that she's lost Narnia. She's not going to Hell thereby. Narnia is not Heaven. The lack of it is not Hell. And Susan may still have a chance to redeem herself.

      >It is amazing how often those who should
      >know better wil insist that words and
      >ideas put into a character's head or mouth
      >are actually the beliefs of the author.

      Yes, it is. And it's also regrettable when the words and ideas of a character actually are those of the author, but readers willfully misread them. Lewis once compared readers to sheep: they'll always go through the wrong gate if you let them.
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