Millions of readers of The Chronicles are familiar with the names of
Lucy Barfield and of Lucy Pevensie. Why is it so hard to find information
about the first one of them? To whom not only The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe is dedicated but who, very likely, even gave to the the second one
her name? And who actually was a real living girl - the god-daughter of C.
S. Lewis himself?
Maybe I just don't have enough experience with computers. This is why
this took me quite a while. What almost everybody else will be able to find,
to verify and to expand easily (I am enclosing my sources below)
"About 15 years after 16 October 1950, when the book was published,
sadly, Lucy Barfield was affected by multiple sclerosis that left her
bedridden and unable to feed herself. But being named in the book touched
her life in ways that Jack Lewis could not have imagined.
For the rest of her life, Lucy received letters from children. Some,
believing she was Lucy Pevensie, asked her about Narnia. Others knew she was
ill and just wrote to say hello. "What a wonderful oasis of pleasure I have
in this pretty terrible world, being recognized as Lucy," she once said.
Lucy Barfield was born on November 2, 1935 and died on May 3, 2003. Her
father Owen Barfield, one of the closest friends of C. S. Lewis, died on
December 14, 1997 at age 99. "Alexander Barfield, his wife and son Owen
were present; as was Jeffrey Barfield. Flowers for the family were taken
afterwards to Lucy Barfield, who is severely crippled" said her father's
Alexander, her elder brother, was born 30 January 1928 and is living in
London. Her younger brother Jeffrey, to whom on 15 September 1952 C.S.
Lewis dedicated "The Voyage of the Dawn Threader", was born in London
6 June 1940 and now lives in Gravesend, about 25 miles east."
I know this is very little; it certainly was helpful to me but not
quite enough. Did she really have to spend the entire 37 or 38 years of her
life in bed? In some hospital or hospitals or at her parents home? And had
she to remain forever being fed?... How did she feel; what did she say? Are
there, maybe, even some members of this forum who knew her and visited
her? Who would be able to find and to publish her picture? Or who
know some other related websites or links.
Please. I would deeply appreciate such information. And I believe it
might be of value to many of us: to help us love.
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