Take a minute to have a look through the vocabulary:
Fatal – causing death
Reprimand – expression of disapproval
Torso – the trunk of a human body (between head and legs)
Writhing – twisting, squirming movements
Uncanny – strange or mysterious
Now read the next part of the text:
The governor’s guards along the waterfront readied their harpoon guns and wind-guns to make sure that only the permitted diver boats approached. Any unauthorized swimmers, divers or subs seen heading for the Abysmal Child could expect a spiky and fatal reprimand.
The sun gleaming on their diving helmets, the divers lowered themselves into the water and disappeared beneath the surface. After five minutes, a disturbance was visible in the waters. Something was rising beside the great sub, something long and slender in a frothy mesh of fine netting . . .
‘It’s huge!’ exclaimed the merchant. ‘I’ve never seen anything like it!’
The thing in the net – no, there were two things – were as long as the Abysmal Child but no wider than a man’s torso. They were bent in a couple of places near the middle of their length, and for a moment Hark thought they must have snapped during the journey. As the foam settled, however, he could see that the spindly lengths were jointed. Beneath the floating net, he glimpsed the mottled red and white of their shell, draped with black weed and studded with limpets. One tapering grey claw poked out through the mesh.
As he watched, the impossibly long legs stirred and slowly flexed.
His heart gave an unexpected flutter of fear and awe. Just for a second he was a little kid again. He could almost imagine that the Hidden Lady might rear up out of the water, shake off the net, and scream the cliffs into dust as her writhing hair darkened the sky . . .
The moment passed. Common sense returned. He knew that the uncanny motion had been caused by the waves, manhandling from the divers, and nothing more.
‘Is that her?’ asked the merchant, tugging at Hark’s sleeve. ‘Is that the Hidden Lady?’
‘No,’ said Hark. ‘I mean . . . yes. A piece of her. Two of her legs.’ Spider-crab legs the length of a schooner. It was a great find, but there was a tight, disappointed feeling in his chest. What had he been hoping for?
Now answer these questions:
- What suggests that the rules are quite strict here?
- What season might this be set in? How do you know?
- What imagine comes into your head when the Abysmal Child gets pulled out of the water?
- What does Hark think of the Hidden Lady? How do you know?
- What have we now learnt about the Abysmal Child?
- Did this part of the text surprise you? How? Why?
Today, you need to solve this Narnia puzzle to figure out which information goes with which character. The clues that you need are on this sheet:
- Go through each clue one at a time.
- Tick off clues when you are finished with them.
- Use a table to record your results.
The answers will be revealed tomorrow. Good luck!
Continue your research into the Ancient Greeks or the Ancient Egyptians.
Today’s areas to research are:
– What happened when people died?
– How did the kingdom end?
– Any other information that you think is important.
I would like you to spend some time pampering yourself.
- Have a bubble bath
- Give yourself a manicure/pedicure
- Fill a bowl of warm, bubbly water and give yourself a foot spa
- Sunbathe in the garden (weather permitting – wear sun cream!)
- Watch a film that you find really funny and turn off your phone so that you are really watching it.
Be grateful for the little things, even in difficult times.
- Ring someone and say thank you.
- Look back at photos from an old holiday.
- Spend some time playing with a pet.
- Spend some time playing with your family.
- Spend some time outside, enjoying nature.