What does the Lion give to all the creatures in Chapter 10 and what warning does he make?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In Chapter Ten ofThe Magician's Nephew,Aslan finally speaks to all of the talking animals, wild people, satrys, dwarfs, and the gods and goddesses of the woods.  The lion addresses them with this message:

"Creatures, I give you yourselves," said the strong, happy voice of Aslan. "I give to you forever this land of Narnia. I give you the woods, the fruits, the rivers. I give you the stars and I give you myself. The Dumb Beasts whom I have not chosen are yours also. Treat them gently and cherish them but do not go back to their ways lest you cease to be Talking Beasts. For out of them you were taken and into them you can return. Do not so.”

In this speech by Aslan, he issues the Talking Animals freedom to live in Narnia and enjoy its land, woods, rivers, and natural bounty.  He warns them to treat the Dumb Beasts, with a special notice not to go back to living like a Dumb Beast; that sort of action would result in losing their special gift of speech.  Aslan's speech is one of great promise and blessing, and the Talking Animals respond with thanks and gratitude. 

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