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Spoiled horse

28 Apr

This isn’t making a comment about Bree’s character (though he is a little up himself for a while), just an indication that I’m going to talk about what happens in the finale of The Horse and His Boy.

I think there’s probably only one thing that I slightly dislike about the book – Shasta (not-actually-son of a Calormene peasant fisherman) is actually Prince Cor of Archenland. This is a common fairy-tale trope, though (see tvtropes.org), so I’m not too cut up about its inclusion, I just feel like it’s unnecessary. Shasta/Prince Cor’s tale would still be worth telling, even if he finished up just as a Joe Nobody in Narnia or Archenland. In the course of the story he does meet with royalty from both lands, so it’s not like he doesn’t know people who could open a few doors for him anyway.

Still, it makes up for it with one of the best summaries of the characters’ future outside of Jane Austen:

Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I’m afraid, even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up, they were so used to quarrelling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.

Exciting chases, devious plots, dramatic escapes, mistaken identities, and some great wit. What’s not to like?

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Narnia

 

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