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  • two centaurs have very kindly offered to let you ride on their backs
  • Fauns, satyrs, centaurs: Jill could give a name to these, for she had seen pictures of them.
  • But more than thirty champions (knights, centaurs, good giants, and all sorts) have at one time or another set out to look for the lost Prince, and none of them have ever come back.
  • Of course, you realize it is a most special and unheard-of honour to be allowed to ride a Centaur.
  • A Centaur called Cloudbirth, a famous healer, or (as Orruns called it) a ’leech’, was coming to see to his burnt foot.
  • Why, Son of Adam, don’t you understand? A Centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach.
  • I don’t think the Centaurs have quite finished their breakfasts yet.
  • That’s why it’s such a serious thing to ask a Centaur to stay for the week-end.
  • So they asked the Centaurs if they might go on sitting on their backs a little longer and thus see everything over the heads of the courtiers.
  • And the Centaurs said they might.
  • They both slipped off their Centaurs (who took no notice of them).
  • No one thinks a Centaur funny when he sees it.
  • To ride on a Centaur is, no doubt, a great honour (and except Jill and Eustace there is probably no one alive in the world today who has had it) but it is very uncomfortable.
  • For no one who valued his life would suggest putting a saddle on a Centaur, and riding bare-back is no fun; especially if, like Eustace, you have never learned to ride at all.
  • The two Centaurs, one with a black and one with a golden beard flowing over their magnificent bare chests, stood waiting for them, bending their heads a little so as to look into the cave.
  • "Now, speaking of funerals," began Puddleglum, but Jill, who heard the Centaurs tapping with their hoofs behind her, surprised him very much by flinging her arms round his thin neck and kissing his muddy-looking face, while Eustace wrung his hand.
  • The Centaurs were very polite in a grave, gracious, grown-up kind of way, and as they cantered through the Narnian woods they spoke, without turning their heads, telling the children about the properties of herbs and roots, the influences of the planets, the nine names of Aslan with their meanings, and things of that sort.
  • Then they both rushed away to the Centaurs, and the Marsh-wiggle, sinking back on his bed, remarked to himself, "Well, I wouldn’t have dreamt of her doing that.

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  • Firenze is the name of a centaur character in the Harry Potter stories.
  • In Greek mythology, Chiron is probably the most famous of the centaurs. He is known for his wisdom and knowledge of medicine.

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