I got to thinking, after I did a challenge on another blog, about Puddleglum. He is a Marshwiggle from the Marshes in Narnia. He first shows up in The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. I do believe he is one of my favorite characters! So, here are my top 15 Puddleglum-ish quotes.
-“What is it? Is the king dead? Has an enemy landed in Narnia? Is it a flood? Or dragons?”
-“Good morning Guests” he said. “Though when I say good I don’t mean it wont probably turn to rain or it might be snow, or fog, or thunder. You didn’t get any sleep, I daresay.”
-“Now… those eels will take a mortal long time to cook, and either of you might faint with hunger before they’re done."
-“…but I’d better not tell you that story. It might lower your spirits, and that’s a thing I never do.'
-“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.”
-“Now a job like this-a journey up north just as winter’s beginning, looking for a Prince that probably isn’t there, by way of a ruined city that no one has ever seen-will be just the thing."
-“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.”
-“This’ll be a test, you see. If I curl up, or burst, or turn into a lizard, or something, then you’ll know not to take anything they offer you.”
-“We’ll never see it again, I shouldn’t wonder. You may have blotted it out and turned it dark like this, for all I know. Nothing more likely.”
-“That’s it, Sir… Unless it should happen to be the end of the whole world.”
-“Not much chance of being burnt. That’s the bright side of it,” observed Puddleglum, pointing to their right. There, hardly a hundred yards away, lapping against the walls of the houses, was the water."
-“Those lamps will give out in five minutes, I shouldn’t wonder.”
-“Nothing worth talking about has happened to me. I want to hear the news. Don’t try breaking it to me gently for I'd rather have it all at once. Has the king been shipwrecked? Any forest fires? No wars on the Calormen boarder? Or a few dragons, I shouldn’t wonder?”
-“Not much chance of that I should say… I don’t reckon I’m very likely to see my old wigwam again, either. And that Prince- he’s a nice chap- but do you think he’s very strong? Constitution ruined with living underground, I shouldn’t wonder…”
-“He'll want to have the leg off at the knee, I shouldn’t wonder. You see if he doesn’t."
Puddleglum word of wisdom
-“Don’t cry out before you’re hurt or you will be hurt, see?”