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Origins of St Annes on the hill

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Origins of St Annes on the hill

Postby ainulindale » 03 May 2009, 03:37

Does Lewis mention how he decided on the name of St. Anne's?

(My apologies if this has been answered somewhere else...)
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Re: Origins of St Annes on the hill

Postby Sven » 03 May 2009, 16:28

I don't know of anywhere where Lewis explained the choice, however, the Chairman of the English department at St. John's Seminary in Boston offers up this analysis:

Thomas Howard wrote:It will be recalled that St. Anne, according to ancient Christian tradition, is the mother of the Mother of God. This community turns out to be the spiritual mother to one Jane Studdock, who, in her turn, becomes the mother of grace to her deeply misled husband, Mark, who has thrown his lot in with Belbury.

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Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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