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Postby Jill Pole » 13 Feb 2005, 23:28

How old ARE the Pevensies? I picture them between the ages of 9 and 15. I'd be glad to hear your thoughts on how old you believe them to be. It sounds like this: Lucy-9, Edmund-11, Susan-13, Peter-14 or 15.
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Postby john » 14 Feb 2005, 08:42

Jill Pole wrote:How old ARE the Pevensies? I picture them between the ages of 9 and 15. I'd be glad to hear your thoughts on how old you believe them to be. It sounds like this: Lucy-9, Edmund-11, Susan-13, Peter-14 or 15.


Sounds about right to me.
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Re: Ages

Postby carol » 17 Feb 2005, 09:44

This list will help you if you are planning to read all the Narnia books as well as LWW.

http://www.narniaweb.com/content.asp?id=8&cat=2

(It's on the sister site)
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Re: Ages

Postby Jill Pole » 17 Feb 2005, 19:19

Thanks!!
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Postby Jill Pole » 17 Feb 2005, 19:20

Still, I doubt that Eustace and Jill were 9 in the Silver Chair.
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Postby Paul F. Ford » 24 Feb 2005, 22:47

I think you are correct in feeling that they are older, but Lewis MS 51 says they were born in 1933 and that their journey in SC took place in the summer of 1942.

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Re: Ages

Postby Jill Pole » 25 Feb 2005, 00:55

Hmm, too bad! That sort of was a let down. ;) I guess I always want the characters to be the way I imagine them. Just like people; when I hear someone talk or sing on the radio, I want their photo to match their voice! :)
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Postby Alan » 25 Feb 2005, 09:05

For what it's worth let us remember they were nine years old in England. Lewis made it utterly clear in LWW that Narnian air has a strange effect on the ages of children. Add to that the effect of Aslan's breath upon them and it is perfectly reasonable to believe that although they may well have been nine when they left England they were considerably older when they landed in Narnia. Of course ( again as we know from LWW ) when they returned to England they also returned to their English chronology.
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Re: Ages

Postby Jill Pole » 25 Feb 2005, 19:18

True. (sigh) Sometimes imaginations make more sense than the facts. :D
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Postby Jo March » 21 Jul 2007, 16:16

I'm a little confused about how Eustace and Jill can be 9 years old in TSC, but 16 in TLB (according to the timeline on NarniaWeb). I am looking at my copy of TLB, and in chapter 5 (pg. 48 in my Scholastic Inc. version), when Eustace and Jill meet Tirian and untie him, Eustace says "...we were here once before, ages and ages ago, more than a year ago by our time..." (TLB, ch. 5).

Now, granted, 7 years is indeed "more than a year ago," but that seems like a funny expression to use for that long of a time period! Is this just one of those inconsistencies in CoN that we all know and love, or am I missing something? Thanks for the help! :smile:
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Postby carol » 22 Jul 2007, 01:28

Yes, it is one of those inconsistencies.

Lewis also seemed to have forgotten, in VDT, that it was only meant to be two years after LWW, and referred to the war as years ago, and had the children's father travelling to USA to lecture.

We gather that he was planning to adjust some of these, just before he died.
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Postby Jo March » 24 Jul 2007, 02:35

Thanks, Carol! I had for some reason never really noticed this until the last time I was reading TLB, and suddenly couldn't reconcile the quote I mentioned above and the one about Eustace and Jill being the only two of the seven who were still in school. I figured it was probably an inconsistency, but wasn't sure if I was just confused, so I appreciate your help. :blush:
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