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Letter to Mrs Lockley: from Magdalen College, September 1949

I don’t think your objection to ‘setting yourself up as a judge’ is cowardly. It may spring form the fact that you are the injured party and have a v. proper conviction that the plaintiff cannot also be on the Bench. I also quite realize that he didn’t feel the sin as a Christian wd: but he must, as a man, feel the dishonor of breaking a promise. After all constancy in love thunders at him from every love-song in the world, quite apart from our mystical conception of marriage…

As you say, the thing is to rely only on God. The time will come when you will regard all this misery as a small price to pay for having been brought to the dependence. Meanwhile (don’t I know) the trouble is that relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done…

The reason why I am saddled with many people’s trouble is, I think, that I have no natural curiosity about private lives and am therefore a good subject. To anyone who (in that sense) enjoyed it, it wd be a dangerous poison.

From Letters of C. S. Lewis

Letters of C. S. Lewis. Copyright © 1966 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. and W. H. Lewis. Copyright © 1988 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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