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Chapter 7 - part 1

The final book in Lewis' theological science fiction Space Trilogy.

Chapter 7 - part 1

Postby Kanakaberaka » 15 Mar 2010, 18:50

Overview of chapter 7, The Pendragon. The focus of each of the four sections :

1 - Jane arrives at the manor house and meets Mr. Fisher-King.

2 - Jane's personal talk with the Director.

3 - Jane's return trip to Edgestow

4 - Jane's capture and escape from the N.I.C.E. Police.

Synopsis of part 1 : Upon being let in through the main entrance by Mr. Denniston, Jane is welcomed by Ivy Maggs. She soon finds herself being interviewed by Grace Ironwood and most of the others at the Manor house. Miss Ironwood has Jane identify the mysterious man watching her dreams with a photograph. Finaly after careful instructions from Miss Ironwood, Jane gets to meet The Director, Mr. Fisher-King.

Jane likens her interview with Miss Ironwood, Mr. & Mrs. Denniston and Ivy Maggs to a "viva voce examination". This refers to a "live voice" oral exam which is a common thesis defense in academia. I'm sure that Lewis would have been well acquainted with such exams considering his profession. Ivy and the Denniston's are at first quite enthusiastic about what Jane has to tell them. So much so that Grace Ironwood has to restrain thier chatter. Miss Ironwood then hands Jane a photograph of a man named Augustus Frost whom Jane identifies as the interloper of her dreams. Miss Ironwood passes the information on to "the Director", but gives Jane no further information.
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Chapter 7 - part 1

Postby Kanakaberaka » 15 Mar 2010, 19:23

Grace Ironwood does her best to prepare Jane for her meeting with the Director, Mr. Fisher-King. But her advice seems so oblique to Jane that she is unprepared for what she is about to see. It's not Miss Ironwood'd fault though. As readers of the first two books in this trilogy we know exactly what she's talking about when she says -
He is a man of very great experience, who has travelled where no other human being has traveled before and mixed in societies of which you and I have no conception.

But Jane can not imagine anyone traveling through space in an anti-gravity sphere or worse yet a "cosmic coffin" to the planets of Mars and Venus. I do wonder why Miss Ironwood failed to mention the two other humans who Shanghaied Ransom to Malacandra or Weston following Ransom to Perelandra. Of course she was undoubtedly concerned about giving Jane too much information at one time.

The reality of meeting Mr. Fisher-King impresses Jane beyond her wildest expectations. So much so that she even has to check herself as spontaneously she feels the need to curtsy to this incredible man. She can't decide whether he is a very old man who appears young or a young man who appears wise and mature beyond his years. Or how he can remain is a cheerfull mood in spite of the occasional pain which torments him on and off.

Lewis sets the scene to give his readers the impression that the Director is some sort of Heavenly being by having Jane see nothing but the tops of clouds from out of the Blue Room's windows. Of course it's simply the fog in the valley below, but it's our impression that counts.
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Chapter 7 - part 1

Postby Kanakaberaka » 15 Mar 2010, 19:43

Yet in spite of the charisma oozing from the jovial man, or maybe because of it, Jane's impression is one of fear. Fear for what it is this unique man will demand of her. What questions will he ask her and how she will be able to answer. All because he has broken down all resistance on her part. This sounds to me as if Mr. Fisher-King has taken on a God-like manner in his ability to impress other people. I almost wonder if maybe Lewis went a little too far in his depiction of post Perelandra Ransom here, or whether he was really on to something about what awaits all who answer God's call.
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Re: Chapter 7 - part 1

Postby Matthew Whaley » 21 Mar 2010, 01:05

Considering what Ransom did on Perelandra, engaging in mortal combat with Satan,then defeating him and then living to tell about it; I think Ransom is indeed Christ -like. He is still only a man, but a man chosen, set apart to fulfill a specfic task, and having been obedient, transformed. The effect of that transformation affects everyone he comes in contact with, even if they know nothing about his past.
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in." -Robert Frost
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