"...On the next page she came to a spell “for the refreshment of
the spirit". The pictures were fewer here but very beautiful.
And what Lucy found herself reading was more like a story
than a spell. It went on for three pages and before she had
read to the bottom of the page she had forgotten that she
was reading at all. She was living in the story as if it were
real, and all the pictures were real too. When she had got to
the third page and come to the end, she said, “That is the
loveliest story I've ever read or ever shall read in my whole
life. Oh, I wish I could have gone on reading it for ten years.
At least I'll read it over again.”
But here part of the magic of the Book came into play. You
couldn't turn back. The right-hand pages, the ones ahead,
could be turned; the left-hand pages could not.
“Oh, what a shame!” said Lucy. “I did so want to read it
again. Well, at least I must remember it. Let's see... it was
about... about... oh dear, it's all fading away again.
And even this last page is going blank. This is a very queer
book. How can I have forgotten? It was about a cup and a
sword and a tree and a green hill, I know that much. But I
can't remember and what shall I do?”
And she never could remember; and ever since that day what
Lucy means by a good story is a story which reminds her of
the forgotten story in the Magician's Book."
© C. S. Lewis
"The Chronicles of Narnia"
released August 28, 2016
Polykarp Rediskin - music, programming
Krolikov - synths, sound design
Cover art - "Fairy Tale (Fairy Tale Of Kings)" by Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis
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