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  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • In The Horse and His Boy there were some Unfortunate Implications in the depiction of the Calormenes. This book shows more good Calormenes, and Emeth is pardoned by Aslan, who says that those who serve Tash for good purposes are really serving him.
    • There was some Fridge Horror regarding Polly's fate after The Magician's Nephew, since she isn't mentioned in any of the other books. Here she's alive and well, called Aunt Polly by the Pevensies and involved in the plot.
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    • Lewis later made some comments assuring readers that he felt Susan would make it to Narnia in her own way, even thinking that it was a story worth its own book.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: A fairly well-known and debated one. Everyone died and went to Heaven, er, Narnia. But not Susan, because since she no longer believed in Narnia, she didn't join them on the journey where they all died. C.S. Lewis stated in a letter that she could get to Narnia "in her own time." Apparently this was actually a Sequel Hook.
  • Fan Fic Fuel: Susan's fate has kept writers intrigued, most notably Neil Gaiman who wrote The Problem of Susan.
  • Genius Bonus: The dwarfs who refuse to believe they're in Aslan's Country and see only the stable they were originally in are nods to the Platonic Cave, which is lampshaded by the Professor.
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  • Ho Yay: There are many yay-inducing moments between Tirian and Jewel the Unicorn, but this one takes the cake:
    "Kiss me, Jewel," he said. "For certainly this is our last night on earth. And if ever I offended against you in any matter great or small, forgive me now."
    "Dear King," said the Unicorn, "I could almost wish you had, so that I might forgive it. Farewell. We have known great joys together. If Aslan gave me my choice I would choose no other life than the life I have had and no other death than the one we go to."
  • It Was His Sled: Everyone knows that this is the Narnia story where everyone except Susan dies and goes to heaven.
  • Love to Hate: Shift makes for perhaps the most memorable villain since the White Witch, a horribly manipulative and cunning ape who's always ready to spin a situation to his advantage and has a ready-made answer to any objections that could be raised to his plans.
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  • Misaimed Fandom: There's a significant divide in the fandom of those view Susan as being denied entry into Aslan's Country for embracing "nylons, lipstick, and invitations", viewing it as a critique of feminism. Writers like J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Philip Pullman are fond of this interpretation, with Gaiman writing a rather brutal satire on the subject. What this gets wrong is that the characters criticize Susan's attitude towards those things, not taking up the things themselves—namely, that she's obsessing over them to the point of becoming shallow, dismissive, and gossipy. Furthermore, it was Lucy, who, as a Queen in Narnia, was willing to fight when Queen Susan chose not tonote , meaning there were already feminist characters who weren't living up to traditional gender-based expectations.
  • Never Live It Down: The line about Susan being "more interested in lipstick, nylons, and invitations" has been taken as a critique of female sexuality.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The descriptions of Tash. If you've heard Patrick Stewart's audiobook recording, the character voice Stewart uses for Tash's words gives the monster a whole new dimension of terrifying. The illustration of Tash is also by far the most terrifying picture in the books.
    • Special mention is the scene where Ginger the cat sees Tash - and runs out of the stable so terrified that his ability to speak is gone.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Early in the book, Tirian and Jewel are visited by a dryad who tries to warn them about the danger but dies in front of them as her tree is cut down. This image was going to be used in the Prince Caspian film but was deleted.
    • Tash, implied to be the Narnian equivalent of Satan. He only appears for barely a page, but boy does he make the most of it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Tash. His only short appearance in the book (and indeed, the entire series) is seemingly for the sole purpose of teaching his followers not to invoke him in vain. This is in spite of him being described as Aslan's opposite: the The Anti-God and Satan analog of Narnia, which would make it interesting to know how he has influenced the story and the world beforehand. Then there’s the fact that an entire country worships him as their god; how did that happen if he's supposed to be the ultimate embodiment of evil? Possibly justified in that the Narnia books are Christian allegories and Satan is rarely elaborated upon in canonical Christian sources, but then again, that’s also left a lot of people wanting more, which is why we have Word of Dante.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: We're meant to understand that Susan has become shallow and materialistic, but since she doesn't appear in person and we only have the other characters' criticisms to go by, many readers think she's treated too harshly - especially since the events of the story and the fact that she's not with the other Friends of Narnia at the end mean that she's just lost her parents, all three of her siblings, her cousin, and several family friends in a horrific tragedy.
  • The Woobie: Puzzle, who is Shift's pawn throughout the entire ordeal. He only dresses up as Aslan because the ape forces him to, and he's too simple-minded to protest. Luckily Aslan forgives him for it.

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