(Pun intended :)
During my flight back to Provo this morning, I listened to Prince Caspian — the fourth book in the Narnia series.
This scene stuck out to me… after the Battle at Aslan’s How, Reepicheep recognized the “dreadful truth” that his tail was missing. When his companion mice witnessed this, they drew their swords…
“Why have your followers all drawn their swords, may I ask?” said Aslan.
“May it please your High Majesty,” said the second Mouse, whose name was Peepiceek, “we are all waiting to cut off our own tails if our Chief must go without his. We will not bear the shame of wearing an honour which is denied to the High Mouse.”
“Ah!” roared Aslan. “You have conquered me. You have great hearts. Not for the sake of your dignity, Reepicheep, but for the love that is between you and your people, and still more for the kindness your people showed me long ago when you ate away the cords that bound me on the Stone Table (and it was then, though you have long forgotten it, that you began to be Talking Mice), you shall have your tail again.”
Before Aslan had finished speaking the new tail was in its place.
I love the “love” that Aslan also loves in this scene — which persuades him to restore Reepicheep’s tail! I heard HWN today in the example their willingness to sacrifice for their friend!
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)”
And as long as I’m sharing scenes from Prince Caspian, I might as well share one of my favorite songs :)
Also, a couple shots from my flight home (including another temple from the air)…