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Chronicles of Narnia Unit Study

Chapter 6: The Beginning of Uncle Andrew's Troubles

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Summary

Polly is screaming "LET GO!" as Digory is exclaiming that he is not touching her. The children soon realize that the Queen has landed in the Wood between the Worlds with them. Only now she is not so strong. But she is still holding onto Polly's hair. The children get away from her. She is frail and faint and desperate to come to their world with them. They are almost to the home pool when Digory pauses in sympathy for the Queen, just long enough to allow her the chance to hold onto his ear as they plunge.  The Queen lands into Uncle Andrew's study with the children, with her strength and her high and mighty attitude renewed.
 
Uncle Andrew is very surprised, although frightened. He is bowing and rubbing his hands at the sight of this fierce and wild-looking giant Queen. Polly notices the similar "Mark" that both of these wicked magicians have.
 
The Queen demands to know who is the magician that has brought her to our world. Uncle Andrew can hardly speak but manages to tell her it's him. She insults him on not being of royalty and refers to him as a "dog". She tells Uncle Andrew that he goes by rules and books, but that there is no real magic in his blood and heart. She says she will allow him to be her servant, to which Andrew seems to happily oblige.
 
The Queen orders Uncle Andrew to find her transportation, so that she can go shopping and then begin conquering the world. She warns Uncle Andrew to "not dream of treachery" since her eyes see through walls and into minds of men. She warns him of the miserable spells he will be under if he double-crosses her.  Uncle Andrew leaves on his quest like a dog with its tail between its legs.
 
The children realize that the Queen probably doesn't remember them trying to leave her behind in the Wood, since she hasn't said anything to them about it. It seems as though now she has no desire to notice the children. Her attention is focused on Uncle Andrew. The queen leaves in search of Uncle Andrew because of her impatience.

Now Polly says she must go home as she surely will be in trouble for being gone so long. Digory pleads with Polly to come back and not let him go through this nightmare alone. Polly wants an apology for his behavior; grabbing her wrist so hard right before ringing the bell, which also was a big mistake, and for turning back in the wood, giving the witch time to grab on and come along to their world.  Digory swallows his pride and apologizes.
 
Digory's biggest worry is what the sight of the Queen may do to his ill mother.
 
Meanwhile, Uncle Andrew goes into his wardrobe to sneak two glasses of wine. He dresses up in fine clothing and actually imagines himself being fancied by the witch, forgetting momentarily of how frightful she is. He goes downstairs and sent a housemaid out to fetch a hansom (transportation for the Queen). He looks into the drawing-room and sees his sister, Aunt Letty. He asks her to lend him money, but she refuses, reminding him of times past where he squandered a bunch of money, causing debt for brandy and cigars. He begs her again to change her mind, saying he has a "most distinguished visitor" to entertain. Aunt Letty is in the middle of discounting that when the door flings open.  The Witch is standing there, tall, in a dazzling robe, "with bare arms and flashing eyes".