Title: The Silver Chair
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia (Part-IV)
Author: C. S. Lewis
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The Silver Chair is a children’s fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1953. It was the fourth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956); it is volume six in recent editions, which are sequenced according to Narnian history. Like the others, it was illustrated by Pauline Baynes and her work has been retained in many later editions.
he novel is set primarily in the world of Narnia, decades after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader there but less than a year later in England. King Caspian X is now an old man, but his son and only heir, Prince Rilian, is missing. Aslan the lion sends two children from England to Narnia on a mission to resolve the mystery: Eustace Scrubb, from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and his classmate, Jill Pole. In the frame story, Eustace and Jill are students at a horrible boarding school, Experiment House.
Eustace Scrubb, having reformed his character following the events of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, encounters his classmate and new friend Jill Pole at their miserable school Experiment House; she has been tormented by bullies and is hiding from them. Eustace, who was once a bully himself but is now fearing that he will soon be targeted by the gang he was once part of, confides in Jill about his Narnian adventures, and that his experiences there have led to the changes in his behaviour. Jill initially thinks that Eustace is lying, but when he promises and asks her to attempt to go to Narnia with him, she agrees. Eustace suggests asking for Aslan’s help, and as the bullies converge on them, the two blunder through a gate that leads them to Aslan’s Country.
There, they encounter a cliff, where Jill shows off by approaching a cliff’s edge, and Eustace, trying to pull her back, falls over the edge. Aslan appears and saves Eustace by blowing him to Narnia. He charges Jill with helping Eustace find Prince Rilian of Narnia (the son of King Caspian X), who disappeared some years before, and he gives Jill four Signs to guide her and Eustace on their quest. Aslan then blows Jill into Narnia, where Eustace is already waiting, near to a great castle he has never seen before. They watch as an elderly and frail man takes ship and sails from the harbour. They learn, much to Eustace’s dismay, that the departing King is actually King Caspian X, who has set off to see again the lands of his youth – although many believe he has instead set off to seek Aslan to ask who could be the next King of Narnia after him. Trumpkin the Dwarf, now Lord Regent and very elderly and deaf, provides Jill and Eustace with rooms in Cair Paravel, but on the advice of Glimfeather the Owl they make no mention of their quest. Master Glimfeather summons them to a Parliament of his fellow talking owls. The owls explain that Caspian’s son, Prince Rilian, disappeared a decade earlier while searching for the green serpent that had killed his mother, and is under the spell of an enchantress.
Jill and Eustace are flown to the marshes on the northern edge of Narnia where they are partnered with the gloomy but stalwart Marsh-wiggle Puddleglum, who serves as a guide, hunter for food in the wilderness, and down-to-earth voice of reason. They journey toward the giant-lands north of Narnia after crossing the River Shribble. The first giants they encounter take no notice of them, and the trio continue north.