Of a book’s meaning…its author is not necessarily the best, and is never a perfect, judge. One of his intentions usually was that it should have a certain meaning: he cannot be sure that it has. He cannot even be sure that the meaning he intended it to have was in every way, or even at all, better than the meaning which readers find in it.
Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories. Copyright © 1966 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1994 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.