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Old 06-01-2006, 07:21 PM
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Post Lucy Barfield

"About 15 years after 16 October 1950 - the day when The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was published, sadly, Lucy Barfield was affected by multiple sclerosis that left her bedridden and unable to feed herself. But being named in the book touched her life in ways that Jack Lewis could not have imagined.

For the rest of her life, Lucy received letters from children. Some, believing she was Lucy Pevensie, asked her about Narnia. Others knew she was ill and just wrote to say hello. "What a wonderful oasis of pleasure I have in this pretty terrible world, being recognized as Lucy," she once said.

Lucy Barfield was born on November 2, 1935 and died on May 3, 2003. Her mother died in 1980. Her father Owen Barfield, one of the closest friends of C. S. Lewis, died on December 14, 1997 at age 99. "Alexander Barfield, his wife and son Owen were present; as was Jeffrey Barfield. Flowers for the family were taken afterwards to Lucy Barfield, who is severely crippled" said her father's funeral report.

Alexander, her elder brother, was born 30 January 1928 and is living in London. Her younger brother Jeffrey, to whom on 15 September 1952 C.S. Lewis dedicated "The Voyage of the Dawn Threader", was born in London 6 June 1940 and now lives in Gravesend, about 25 miles east."

http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5583

Lucy Barfield. Who is she? What happened to her? These were my very first questions when I opened "The Lion" for the first time. And they come back to me whenever I open it again. It was and still is so clear that the author loved her very much. Enough to create for her such a beautiful present!.. enough to call himself "your loving Father". She must have been a beautiful person. And I keep wondering what was her response.

About three or four weeks ago I finally decided to find out. Began an intensive computer search. Then for a while I felt quite discouraged about my results; was thinking about giving up. But yesterday I discovered "The Dancing Lawn" and this morning I read your thread. So I wish now just to thank Nbaballer 725 who raised this question and also wish to tell that I appreciate Evening Star's remark - about Lucy "enjoying answering the stacks of mail that came to her". Where is - at least some - of this mail, of those letters? Maybe some of them are published - or at least maybe they are described somewhere in more detail?

And also I would like to ask QueenSusanofNarnia - what is the precise address of Douglas Gresham? "Who is answering questions in Lucy Barfield and CSL's place"? He and his brother David Gresham certainly met her many times; the names of both of them are in "The Horse and His Boy".

Thanks also to Caspian Friend for very valuable information about Paul Ford's book. And I still would have other questions. But for now I just want to share with you my own tiny contribution above. Which I revised a little last night and now hope to continue to expand.
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Just as I was about to ask Caspians friend for a full text of his tribute from Paul Ford I got it from a lady in Narnia (I mean: New Zealand )! Here it is:

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is dedicated to Lucy Barfield (1935-2003), Lewis’s god-daughter and the adopted daughter of Owen and Maud Barfield, who was four when Lewis began to write the book and thirteen when he resumed and finished it.

Lucy loved music and ballet and eventually taught music. In 1966 she was diagnosed as having multiple sclerosis. She married Bevan Rake and lived happily, although she was often hospitalised. When her husband died in 1990, her health deteriorated; she lived in the hospital for the rest of her life. During that time, she told Walter Hooper how much the dedication meant to her: “What I could not do for myself, the dedication did for me. My godfather gave me a greater gift than he could have imagined.”

Hooper wrote: As every creature comfort was taken from her, and she had lost her sight, Lucy’s faith in God grew and blessed not only her, but also those who knew her. Owen Barfield, touched by her humility, said many times, “I could go down on my knees before my daughter.” During the last seven years of her life in the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in London, her brother Jeffrey - to whom Lewis dedicated the Voyage of the “Dawn Treader” - read her the Chronicles of Narnia."
Paul F. Ford, Companion to Narnia, Fifth Edition, 2005, p 160.

And I wrote back to her: I now can almost see "Our Dear Lucy", forever almost fifteen, in a cabin of the "Dawn Treader", on her last seven-year-voyage to Aslan's Land. And her little brother Jeffrey, who was ten as "her" book came out, now reading it to her... reading all seven books, "his own" included... to her and to himself again and again...
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The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.

- C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew, Chapter Ten

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She was C.S. Lewis's God daughter.
Up to the end she enjoyed answering the stacks of mail that came in from curious fans of Narnia.
Where did you find this and where could I find more information ? Was it in some book you read or may be you know someone who wrote her and received her response?

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Question Lucy Barfield's mail

Dear EveningStar, I would truly appreciate your response to my last posting!!

Where does your information about Lucy enjoying answering stacks of mail come from? Is it a book, an article, a lecture? One of Lucy's family members, friends or relatives? Or maybe it is someone living in London - like one of the nurses at the hospital in which Lucy, quite recently, spent her last seven years?

Why is it almost impossible to find anything personal about her? Are children the only ones who really cared about her? Until... they grew up...?
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NOTE: This information is re-posted here from a private message I sent Reep. I was asked to share it publically:

The information I had about Lucy Barfield was from an article. I do not recall at once where.

There is a problem people have that are associated with celebrities like CS Lewis. They have no privacy whatever except for that they take pains to achieve. That was especially true about Christopher Robin Milne, son of AA Milne who featured prominently in the Winnie the Pooh books.

Folks who read the books feel like they know the people that wrote it just as people who see actors in their living room TV feel like they have a relationship with them of sorts.

Lucy Barfield, however, enjoyed all the mail she received and took pains to answer all of it personally. Perhaps it is this generous streak in her nature that inspired Lewis to be her Godparent in the first place.

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