"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis, Chapters 1–4

While exploring an unfamiliar house, four siblings discover a portal to the mystical kingdom of Narnia, a perpetually frozen land under the control of a powerful witch.

Here are links to our lists for the book: Chapters 1–4, Chapters 5–8, Chapters 9–12, Chapters 13–17

Here are links to our lists for other books in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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  1. splendid
    very good; of the highest quality
    "This is going to be perfectly splendid. That old chap will let us do anything we like."
  2. wardrobe
    a piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes
    And shortly after that they looked into a room that was quite empty except for one big wardrobe; the sort that has a looking-glass in the door.
  3. stoop
    bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    "I wonder is that more moth-balls?" she thought, stooping down to feel it with her hands.
  4. glimpse
    a brief or incomplete view
    She looked back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tree-trunks, she could still see the open doorway of the wardrobe and even catch a glimpse of the empty room from which she had set out.
  5. glossy
    reflecting light
    From the waist upwards he was like a man, but his legs were shaped like a goat's (the hair on them was glossy black) and instead of feet he had goat's hoofs.
  6. parcel
    a wrapped package
    And when he saw Lucy he gave such a start of surprise that he dropped all his parcels.
  7. melancholy
    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
    "Ah!" said Mr. Tumnus in a rather melancholy voice, "if only I had worked harder at geography when I was a little Faun, I should no doubt know all about those strange countries.
  8. reign
    be larger in power, status, or importance
    Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?
  9. distress
    psychological suffering
    "Mr. Tumnus! Mr. Tumnus!" said Lucy in great distress. "Don't! Don't! What is the matter?
  10. wring
    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
    He merely took the handkerchief and kept on using it, wringing it out with both hands whenever it got too wet to be any more use, so that presently Lucy was standing in a damp patch.
  11. lull
    calm by deception
    Would you believe that I'm the sort of Faun to meet a poor innocent child in the wood, one that had never done me any harm, and pretend to be friendly with it, and invite it home to my cave, all for the sake of lulling it asleep and then handing it over to the White Witch?
  12. wretched
    deserving or inciting pity
    And she'll have my tail cut off, and my horns sawn off, and my beard plucked out, and she'll wave her wand over my beautiful cloven hoofs and turn them into horrid solid hoofs like a wretched horse's.
  13. dreadful
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    "And I do hope you won't get into dreadful trouble on my account."
  14. ordinary
    not exceptional in any way
    "Why, you goose," said Susan, putting her head inside and pulling the fur coats apart, "it's just an ordinary wardrobe, look! there's the back of it."
  15. hoax
    something intended to deceive
    "A jolly good hoax, Lu," he said as he came out again, "you have really taken us in, I must admit. We half believed you."
  16. spiteful
    showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt
    The two elder ones did this without meaning to do it, but Edmund could be spiteful, and on this occasion he was spiteful.
  17. jeer
    laugh at with contempt and derision
    He sneered and jeered at Lucy and kept on asking her if she'd found any other new countries in other cupboards all over the house.
  18. scatter
    move away from each other
    Susan was "It" and as soon as the others scattered to hide, Lucy went to the room where the wardrobe was.
  19. complicated
    difficult to analyze or understand
    The house was so large and complicated and full of hiding places that she thought she would have time to have one look into the wardrobe and then hide somewhere else.
  20. grope
    feel about uncertainly or blindly
    He didn't like this at all and began groping wildly in every direction; he even shouted out.
  21. gilded
    made from or covered with gold
    The reindeer were about the size of Shetland ponies and their hair was so white that even the snow hardly looked white compared with them; their branching horns were gilded and shone like something on fire when the sunrise caught them.
  22. stern
    of a strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
    It was a beautiful face in other respects, but proud and cold and stern.
  23. dominion
    a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
    "And how, pray, did you come to enter my dominions?"
  24. mantle
    a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter
    Edmund did not like this arrangement at all but he dared not disobey; he stepped on to the sledge and sat at her feet, and she put a fold of her fur mantle around him and tucked it well in.
  25. inquisitive
    given to questioning
    At first Edmund tried to remember that it is rude to speak with one's mouth full, but soon he forgot about this and thought only of trying to shovel down as much Turkish Delight as he could, and the more he ate the more he wanted to eat, and he never asked himself why the Queen should be so inquisitive.
  26. enchanted
    influenced as by charms or incantations
    Probably the Queen knew quite well what he was thinking; for she knew, though Edmund did not, that this was enchanted Turkish Delight and that anyone who had once tasted it would want more and more of it, and would even, if they were allowed, go on eating it till they killed themselves.
  27. relation
    a person connected by blood or marriage
    "Oh, but if I took you there now," said she, "I shouldn't see your brother and your sisters. I very much want to know your charming relations.
  28. plead
    appeal or request earnestly
    "But I don't even know the way back to my own country," pleaded Edmund.
  29. signal
    communicate by means of an action, gesture, or sound
    While she spoke, she signalled to the Dwarf to drive on, but as the sledge swept away out of sight, the Queen waved to Edmund calling out, "Next time! Next time! Don't forget. Come soon."
  30. uncomfortable
    providing or experiencing physical unease
    Edmund was already feeling uncomfortable from having eaten too many sweets, and when he heard that the Lady he had made friends with was a dangerous witch he felt even more uncomfortable.

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