What do you think would have happened if Edmund had entered the wardrobe first, not Lucy?
So, then wouldn’t he have met Mr. Tumnus first?
- Well, I’m guessing since he talked to the White Witch, he had no sense of stranger danger either
- He’d probably end up going with Mr. Tumnus anyway for tea
- The conversation would’ve been dull
- Edmund would sulky, and Mr Tumnus would try to fill in the void
- But after a little while…and some tea…Edmund starts relaxing a bit and asking Tumnus questions
- He finds the stories of his father and of the war before the winter very fascinating
- He could’ve probably related a bit more
- Just as he’s getting acquainted and comfortable with this faun who actually seemed to listen to him, he let his guard down and cue Mr. Tumnus putting him to sleep
- When he wakes up and finds Tumnus crying, he’d feel really out of place
- Hearing that Tumnus planned to betray him, Edmund snaps
- Suddenly grows very cold again and doesn’t want anything to do with Tumnus
- He doesn’t even comfort the faun and just bolts
- He can’t really find his way through the woods since his sense of direction is very poor and also there are no clean roads
- I imagine Tumnus catches up to him eventually and helps him back, which Edmund is very reluctant to follow
- When he returns home, he says nothing of the magical land
- He knows Peter won’t believe him, Susan would call him stupid, and Lucy…well, he didn’t really want her to know his secret
- So, all in all, he would never tell them
- But then Aslan gets them back again with the whole Macready thing
- Assuming Lucy hadn’t visited as well, they would be completely lost in the woods until some talking animal (probably Mr. Beaver) comes to their rescue
- The idea seems insane–them kings and queens?
- Edmund would’ve stuck with his siblings the entire time since he hadn’t met the Witch
- They would’ve gone home, and if Edmund were to finally come clean about the whole Mr. Tumnus thing, Peter and Susan would’ve assumed the place was dangerous
- They would’ve gone back…Narnia would continue being in a perpetual winter
All in all, it would’ve been very sad and hopeless in the end:( I think there’s a reason Lucy, with her kind and forgiving heart, was sent into the wardrobe first.