If You Are Thirsty

Do you eat girls?” she said.

“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.

“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.

“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.

“Oh dear!,” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I should go and look for another stream then.”

“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.

– from “The Silver Chair,” C.S. Lewis