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Yes, the great C. S. Lewis died in 1963. And that makes it all the more amazing that he provides a crystal clear portrayal of Hillary in The Magician’s Nephew. You may recall the scene where Hillary… excuse me, Jadis of Charn — the evil sorceress who eventually kills Aslan — explains to Digory why she must possess complete power, and why she must be above the law.
I had forgotten that you are only a common boy. How could you understand reasons of State? You must learn, child, that what would be wrong for you or for any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I. The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We must be freed from all rules. Ours is a high and lonely destiny.
Is this not accurate? Hillary makes laws, but she has no need to obey them. Why? Because it is her “high and lonely destiny” to hold power. Laws only stand in her way. Like good little children, we must be taught to take our medicine. It’s good for us.
Once again, I feel the urge to cry for our country.