"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis, Chapters 5–8

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
definitions & notes only words
  1. sulky
    sullen or moody
    Up to that moment Edmund had been feeling sick, and sulky, and annoyed with Lucy for being right, but he hadn't made up his mind what to do.
  2. superior
    having a higher rank
    And Edmund gave a very superior look as if he were far older than Lucy (there was really only a year's difference) and then a little snigger and said, "Oh, yes, Lucy and I have been playing—pretending that all her story about a country in the wardrobe is true.
  3. consideration
    the process of giving careful thought to something
    "That is a point," said the Professor, "which certainly deserves consideration; very careful consideration.
  4. reliable
    worthy of trust
    For instance—if you will excuse me for asking the question—does your experience lead you to regard your brother or your sister as the more reliable? I mean, which is the more truthful?
  5. assume
    take to be the case or to be true
    You know she doesn't tell lies and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.
  6. inclined
    having a preference, disposition, or tendency
    Peter saw to it that Edmund stopped jeering at her, and neither she nor anyone else felt inclined to talk about the wardrobe at all.
  7. sensible
    showing reason or sound judgment
    Peter held the door closed but did not shut it; for, of course, he remembered, as every sensible person does, that you should never never shut yourself up in a wardrobe.
  8. suitable
    meant or adapted for an occasion or use
    But they all felt a good deal warmer and each thought the others looked better in their new get-up and more suitable to the landscape.
  9. resume
    take up or begin anew
    There seemed, indeed, no more to say and presently the four resumed their journey; but Edmund was saying to himself, "I'll pay you all out for this, you pack of stuck-up, self-satisfied prigs."
  10. wrench
    twist or pull violently or suddenly
    The door had been wrenched off its hinges and broken to bits.
  11. treason
    a crime that undermines the offender's government
    The former occupant of these premises, the Faun Tumnus, is under arrest and awaiting his trial on a charge of High Treason against her Imperial Majesty Jadis, Queen of Narnia, Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands, etc.
  12. fraternize
    be on friendly terms with someone, as if with a brother
    He hid me from the Witch and showed me the way back. That's what it means by comforting the Queen's enemies and fraternising with Humans.
  13. thoroughly
    completely and absolutely
    The Robin appeared to understand the matter thoroughly.
  14. alight
    settle or come to rest
    Wherever the Robin alighted a little shower of snow would fall off the branch.
  15. glance
    take a brief look at
    A moment later the stranger came out from behind the tree, glanced all round as if it were afraid someone was watching, said "Hush," made signs to them to join it in the thicker bit of wood where it was standing, and then once more disappeared.
  16. beckon
    summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
    At this moment the Beaver again popped its head out from behind the tree and beckoned earnestly to them.
  17. hoarse
    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness
    So the children all got close together and walked up to the tree and in behind it, and there, sure enough, they found the Beaver; but it still drew back, saying to them in a hoarse throaty whisper, "Further in, come further in. Right in here. We're not safe in the open!"
  18. betray
    deliver to an enemy by treachery
    "They're always listening. Most of them are on our side, but there are trees that would betray us to her; you know who I mean," and it nodded its head several times.
  19. strain
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her.
  20. modest
    marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
    They also noticed that he now had a sort of modest expression on his face—the sort of look people have when you are visiting a garden they've made or reading a story they've written.
  21. festoon
    flower chains suspended in curves as a decoration
    And where the water had been trickling over and spurting through the dam there was now a glittering wall of icicles, as if the side of the dam had been covered all over with flowers and wreaths and festoons of the purest sugar.
  22. contentment
    happiness with one's situation in life
    And when each person had got his (or her) cup of tea, each person shoved back his (or her) stool so as to be able to lean against the wall and gave a long sigh of contentment.
  23. shudder
    tremble convulsively, as from fear or excitement
    All full of statues they say it is—in the courtyard and up the stairs and in the hall. People she's turned—" (he paused and shuddered) "turned into stone."
  24. stratagem
    an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade
    "Couldn't we have some stratagem?" said Peter.
  25. sorrow
    an emotion of great sadness associated with loss
    Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
    At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
    When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death
    And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.
  26. claim
    an assertion of a right, as to money or property
    "She'd like us to believe it," said Mr. Beaver, "and it's on that that she bases her claim to be Queen. But she's no Daughter of Eve.
  27. advice
    a proposal for an appropriate course of action
    But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that's going to be Human and isn't yet, or used to be Human once and isn't now, or ought to be Human and isn't, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet.
  28. cautious
    showing careful forethought
    ...and that is why we had to be so cautious as we came along, for if she knew about you four, your lives wouldn't be worth a shake of my whiskers!
  29. treacherous
    tending to betray
    I didn't like to mention it before (he being your brother and all) but the moment I set eyes on that brother of yours I said to myself ' Treacherous.'
  30. decoy
    something used to lure fish or other animals
    But she'll keep him alive as long as he's the only one she's got, because she'll want to use him as a decoy; as bait to catch the rest of you with.

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