“All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read; which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.” Final lines of ‘The Last Battle’, by CS Lewis.
In this post, I shared GK Chesterton’s poem The Donkey. I started thinking about some of the symbolism of donkeys… and here, in The Last Battle, is an excellent example. Puzzle, the somewhat dim patsy of the degenerate Shift, is persuaded to aid Shift by impersonating Aslan. Rescued by Jill Pole, who herself is going through a process of refinement and redemption, Puzzle joins the final battle on the side of the Narnians.
Later, in Aslan’s country…..
“And the very first person whom Aslan called to him was Puzzle the Donkey. You never saw a donkey look feebler and sillier than Puzzle did as he walked up to Aslan, and he looked, beside Aslan, as small as a kitten looks beside a St Bernard. The Lion bowed down his head and whispered something to Puzzle at which his long ears went down, but then he said something else at which the ears perked up again.”
Maybe Puzzle, like most of us, is a bit like Zacchaeus.
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