And the longer and more
beautiful the Lion sang, the harder Uncle Andrew tried to make himself believe that he
could hear nothing but roaring. Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider
than you really are is that you very often succeed. Uncle Andrew did. He soon did hear
nothing but roaring in Aslan’s song. Soon he couldn’t have heard anything else even if he
had wanted to. And when at last the Lion spoke and said, “Narnia awake,” he didn’t hear
any words: he heard only a snarl.