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Inconsistency with the Duffers  

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I recently reread TVOTDT for probably the third or fourth time, and one thing that has bothered me is the seemingly inconsistent way that invisibility relates to the Duffers. When the group from the Dawn Treader meet the invisible Duffers on the beach, the Duffers shoot an arrow at them to prove they have weapons and tell the group that the arrow becomes visible when it leaves their hands. Why then, just a few scenes later, when the Duffers are serving food to the group, are the dishes visible in their hands while they are carrying them? I'm sure C.S. Lewis didn't do this accidentally, so does anyone have an explanation?

Posted : July 31, 2020 6:57 am
Wanderer Between Worlds
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I remember listening to one of the early Talking Beasts podcasts discussing VDT, and either @glumpuddle or @rilian suggested that the Duffers were wearing gloves when they were carrying the dishes.  I think this explanation fits quite well, meaning that the gloves would be invisible since they were directly touching the Duffers but the dishes would be visible since there was no direct contact.  Likewise, the weapons were invisible since the Duffers were touching them directly without wearing gloves, fitting with the fact that the arrow was vivike when it left their hands.

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Posted : July 31, 2020 9:24 am
Col Klink
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My explanation is weapons and dishes are two different things. (Not a great explanation but my own.) Their clothes are invisible too. Maybe weapons count as part of their outfits.

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Posted : July 31, 2020 9:47 am
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All very good reasons.

I'm not so sure C.S. Lewis didn't do this accidentally Giggle - but the explanations are so much better Grin

That's part of the fun, to try to work out what may be the reasons that would work inside the story, in that universe, whatever the technical reasons may be for what the author did in his writing process.

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Posted : August 1, 2020 1:32 am
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