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Voyage of The Dawn Treader, The - Lucy's Shoes
In the first chapter, Lucy "kept her head and kicked off her shoes, as everyone ought to do who fall into deep water in thier clothes." Later in that chapter it says the extra "shoes, sandals, and sea-boots were hopelessly big but she did not mind going barefoot." However, in chapter nine, Lucy had " a little stone in her shoe" and "sat down to take off her shoe. Her lace had got into a knot." From where did these new shoes come?
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Bookworm writes:
True, Lucy kicked off her shoes in the water at the beginning of the story and had to go barefoot. However, the first place they stopped was the Lone Islands, where they stayed long enough to end slavery, rearrange the government, collect sea stories from old sailors, refit and resupply the ship, and BUY CLOTHES FOR LUCY. I don't have the book in front of me, but it specifically says she got a new cloak and sea boots, so she probably got new shoes there too. The part where she gets a rock in her shoe comes later in the story on a different island.
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Asthore writes:
You are correct, Bookworm. The part about Lucy with the stone in her shoe is on the island of the Dufflepuds, chapter 9 and it's chapter 5 where they tell us that she got new clothes in the Lone Islands.
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Carmowa writes:
I think the bit about Lucy going barefoot is meant to apply to when she is on board the Dawn Treader. Who in their right mind would want to go barefoot on potentially rocky terrain if there are shoes available, even if they are larger than necessary? A lot of old-time sailors went barefoot on board their ships for better grip!
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Jojo writes:
I don't remember reading the part when they buy more shoes for Lucy (Not to say it's not there), but the explanation I always thought was fitting was that the person to witness the strange happenings would have to be Lucy, the youngest, so the others would doubt the veracity of her story.
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