Dufflepuds


Most of humanity, if we admit God’s existence at all, consider him the divine Spoil-Sport, or Warden, waiting, ever watchful, for his subjects’ transgressions, or even their guilt for having a little fun.

But Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.

We think he intentionally placed us in this corrupt world just to be mean, and holds out the carrot of heaven only to keep us in line. That reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ Dufflepuds, whose antics necessitated the wizard Coriakin’s sanctions, and whose reactions to that were singularly shortsighted and ungrateful.

The Chief Duffer

Queen Lucy Pevensie

Those little guys seem ridiculous, but their antics typify human behavior, but in a humorous way. Observe: Since their master Coriakin is what we’d call, “above their pay grade,” they feel he is unknowable, and even though he loves them and has only their ultimate good in mind, they second-guess his every move. They greet strangers with suspicion, engaging in “shock-and-awe” tactics. After the wizard Coriakin punished their chronic disobedience by changing them into monopods, their vanity motivated them to steal his magic and make themselves invisible, believing they’d been uglified. They curry the Chief Duffer’s favor, who may be marginally smarter than the rest. They are cynical, finding fault with literally everything. They try to deceive their “enemy” with their only advantage; their invisibility. When they tire of invisibility, they manipulate Narnia’s Queen Lucy into going into what they see as harm’s way to speak the non-invisibility spell.

As with God’s plans for us, both the Dufflepuds’ and the Narnians’ situation turned out for the best, with the Narnians continuing their quest, and the Dufflepuds continuing their griping. How human of them.

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