The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by

C. S. Lewis

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An old, unmarried man who takes in Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter when they are sent away from London during the air-raids at the height of World War II. The children take a liking to the Professor right away, and believe that they will be able to get away with all kinds of mischief under his roof. The Professor does in fact prove him to be very lenient with the children, and very kind to them as well. He takes them at their word in all things—especially little Lucy, who faces her siblings’ ridicule when she returns from her first visit to Narnia and finds that no one believes her about what she has seen there. The Professor is an ally to the children, and encourages them to support, love, and trust one another above all.

The Professor Quotes in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe quotes below are all either spoken by The Professor or refer to The Professor. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe published in 1950.
Chapter 17 Quotes

The Professor, who was a very remarkable man, didn't tell them not to be silly or not to tell lies, but believed the whole story. “No,” he said, “I don't think it will be any good trying to go back through the wardrobe door to get the coats. You won't get into Narnia again by that route. Nor would the coats be much use by now if you did! Eh? What's that? Yes, of course you'll get back to Narnia again someday. Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don't go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don't try to get there at all. It'll happen when you're not looking for it. And don't talk too much about it even among yourselves. And don't mention it to anyone else unless you find that they've had adventures of the same sort themselves. What's that? How will you know? Oh, you'll know all right. Odd things they say—even their looks—will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open.”

Related Characters: The Professor (speaker), Lucy, Edmund, Susan, Peter
Page Number: 188-189
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The Professor Character Timeline in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The timeline below shows where the character The Professor appears in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Lucy Looks into a Wardrobe
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...II. The siblings have been sent to live with a man known only as the Professor. He is very old, unmarried, and the children all like him because they believe he... (full context)
Chapter 5: Back on This Side of the Door
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...losing her mind. After discussing the matter, Peter and Susan decide to go to the Professor and tell him what’s going on. (full context)
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The Professor listens thoughtfully to Peter and Susan’s story, and then asks them how they know that... (full context)
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Susan and Peter are shocked to see that the Professor is serious, but he presses on, encouraging them to question the nature of what is... (full context)
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After their conversation with the Professor, Peter and Susan try hard to make things better for Lucy. Peter gets Edmund to... (full context)
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The Professor’s house is old and famous, and many people come from all over England to take... (full context)
Chapter 17: The Hunting of the White Stag
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...tourists are still talking in the hall. The siblings decide they must explain to the Professor why four coats are missing from his wardrobe, and so they approach him with their... (full context)
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The Professor believes their every word. He warns the children that they will probably never be able... (full context)