CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia was one of the first things I fell in love with as a child. I was given the full set on my 10th or 11th birthday by my Mom, and I remember reading them over and over again when I was between books. My two favourites were Silver Chair and Voyages of the Dawn Treader. This scene, in particular, always stayed with me. It illustrated to child-Dani that it (sometimes) only took one person to stand up to something wrong in order for the rest to follow – and this philosophy has followed me into my future career goals. Thank you, Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle for illustrating strength, and conviction in terms that a child could understand.
“…But Puddleglum, desperately gathering all his strength, walked over to the fire. Then he did a very brave thing. He knew it wouldn’t hurt him quite as much as it would hurt a human; for his feet (which were bare) were webbed and hard and cold-blooded like a duck’s. But he knew it would hurt him badly enough; and so it did. With his bare foot he stamped on the fire, grinding a large part of it into ashes on the flat hearth.”
(Excerpt: The Silver Chair, CS Lewis)