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Help with Quote from Surprised by Joy

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Help with Quote from Surprised by Joy

Postby harpster21 » 26 Oct 2009, 21:44

Hi. I'm a first time user. Hope someone can help.

I'm looking for a quote about "travel" from Lewis' "Surprised by Joy". He talks about missing the nooks and crannies of the landscape when riding a train or taking a car. It's one of his little rants within the context of something else. Does this strike a bell? If so, could someone send me the quote? This is for a travel article I'm writing for a local magazine.


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Re: Help with Quote from Surprised by Joy

Postby Sven » 26 Oct 2009, 22:46

Welcome, Nate!

C. S. Lewis wrote:I number it among my blessings that my father had no car, while yet most of my friends had, and sometimes took me for a drive. This meant that all these distant objects could be visited just enough to clothe them with memories and not impossible desires, while yet they remained ordinarily as inaccessible as the Moon. The deadly power of rushing about wherever I pleased had not been given me. I measured distances by the standard of man, man walking on his two feet, not by the standard of the internal combustion engine. I had not been allowed to deflower the very idea of distance; in return I possessed "infinite riches" in what would have been to motorists "a little room." The truest and most horrible claim made for modern transport is that it "annihilates space." It does. It annihilates one of the most glorious gifts we have been given. It is a vile inflation which lowers the value of distance, so that a modern boy travels a hundred miles with less sense of liberation and pilgrimage and adventure than his grandfather got from traveling ten. Of course if a man hates apace and wants it to be annihilated, that is another matter. Why not creep into his coffin at once? There is little enough space there.

Surprised by Joy

Hope this helps.

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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Re: Help with Quote from Surprised by Joy

Postby harpster21 » 26 Oct 2009, 23:01

Thanks a lot!

this is really good... but I vaguely remember something about "walking","valleys", and "trains". It was a concise quote that seemingly would be good for my article.

If it's not there, then that's ok. It's been 5 or 6 years since I read it.

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