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Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
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  • The boy with the wild face is Bacchus...
  • I wouldn’t have felt safe with Bacchus and all his wild girls if we’d met them without Aslan.
  • Bacchus and the Maenads — his fierce, madcap girls — and Silenus were still with them.
  • Bacchus and his people splashed forward into the shallow water, and a minute later the most curious things began happening.
  • "Here you are, mother," said Bacchus, dipping a pitcher in the cottage well and handing it to her.
  • "Bacchus," said Aslan.
  • Then the whole party moved off Aslan leading, Bacchus and his Maenads leaping, rushing, and turning somersaults, the beasts frisking round them, and Silenus and his donkey bringing up the rear.
  • When Lucy saw Clodsley Shovel and his moles scuffling up the turf in various places (which Bacchus had pointed out to them) and realized that the trees were going to eat earth it gave her rather a shudder.
  • But as soon as their mean little faces looked out, Bacchus gave a great cry of Euan, euoi-oi-oi-of and the boys all began howling with fright and trampling one another down to get out of the door and jumping out of the windows.
  • Then Bacchus and Silenus and the Maenads began a dance, far wilder than the dance of the trees; not merely a dance for fun and beauty (though it was that too) but a magic dance of plenty, and where their hands touched, and where their feet fell, the feast came into existence sides of roasted meat that filled the grove with delicious smell, and wheaten cakes and oaten cakes, honey and many-coloured sugars and cream as thick as porridge and as smooth as still water, peaches, nectarines,

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  • Dionysus is the Greek counterpart to the better known Roman Bacchus.

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