Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I'm converting to Marshwiggleism.

I've been re-reading The Silver Chair, which is my least favorite Narnia book, but always makes me laugh because of Puddleglum, the Marshwiggle. Marshwiggles are described as tall creatures with webbed feet, long noses, and a decidedly pessimistic view of life. On that note, here are some of my favorite Puddlegum quotes:

"Good morning, Guests. Though when I say good I don't mean it won't probably turn to rain or it might be snow, or fog, or thunder."

"You could light the fire in the wigwam, and then we'd get all the smoke in our eyes. Or you could light it outside, and then the rain would come and put it out."

"Looks like we'll have cold weather for our journey. But you musn't let that make you down-hearted. Very likely, what with enemies, and mountains, and rivers to cross, and losing our way, and next to nothing to eat, and sore feet, we'll hardly notice the weather."

"And if we don't get far enough to do any good, we may get far enough not to get back in a hurry."

"Life isn't fricasseed frogs and eel pie."

"'You would feel more comfortable if only you thought how very much colder it would be later on and further north;' but this didn't cheer the children up at all."

"The bright side of it is that if we break our necks getting down the cliff, then we're safe from being drowned in the river."



And just let me say that this delightful outlook is much like my own right now, as I enter the home stretch of this abominable paper. I have found that the homestretch is often the hardest part, because you feel as though you've said everything that you want to say, but you still have five pages to go.

7 comments:

Emily said...

'The other Marshwiggles think I'm too flighty.'

Two questions: 1. How is reading The Silver Chair helping with your paper 2. Why am I apparently the only person in the world who doesn't say The Silver Chair is my least favourite Narnia book? I love The Silver Chair.

Jean Marie said...

Hahahahaa!! Good reminder ... of Puddleglum. I love that.

Cheer up, dear!
~ Tacy

Saura Lnow said...

Haha with those books my favorite is always the one I'm reading at the moment :D
I am however able to say that my very favorite is "The Horse and His Boy" ... but Puddleglum is by far one of the best characters C.S. Lewis ever came up with

Anonymous said...

aww, come on. the silver chair is so BE-awesome.
and the horse and his boy is a great one, too.
the H

Anonymous said...

maybe you should try making the words in the biggest size.

the H

Amongchosen said...

"'You would feel more comfortable if only you thought how very much colder it would be later on...;' but this didn't cheer the children up at all."

I tell my children the opposite of this every spring in the garden . I think it might work.

Courtney said...

...you had a life before??

Hehe. ;)