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April 15, 2011

Eustace and Reepicheep

"His name was Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it..."

Eustace and Reepicheep

His name was Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it...

Some of C.S. Lewis' best characters are found in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, like Eustace and my favorite, Reepicheep the mouse.

Eustace is a spoiled little elitist child who thinks he's smart but is clearly a fool. If you're familiar with another Lewis book The Abolition of Man, you'll recognize Eustace. He's the product of the education Lewis is critiquing, one that teaches facts, but not moral imagination. Eustace is the boy without a chest.

Then there's Reepicheep, this mouse Eustace hates. Reepicheep, never lacks courage but he's also developed wisdom and compassion. He's the picture of developed virtue: he knows what's right, practices it -- and he admits when he's wrong.

Once Eustace finds redemption, he loves Reepicheep. And the mouse helps Eustace develop a bigger chest.
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