The real villain of the book reveals itself: That is, the idea that “I personally am not subject to the rules, and those weaker than myself are mine to use as I will.” Essentially, making oneself out to be a god in one’s own world (however large or small that may be).
Both Uncle Andrew and Jadis espouse this view, hence the repetition of Uncle Andrew’s speech (except instead of dismissing unethical treatment of animals, Jadis dismisses killing literally every other living thing in her world).
Digory suddenly remembered that Uncle Andrew had used exactly the same words. But they sounded much grander when Queen Jadis said them; perhaps because Uncle Andrew was not seven feet tall and dazzlingly beautiful.
It’s rather interesting how Jadis expresses no regret about her actions, only blame. She’s clearly laid all the blame on her (deceased) sister, essentially for fighting dirty. The Blame Game is the oldest one in the book for a reason, after all – it’s how we justify our actions in our own minds, how we live with our sins.
“All in one moment one woman blotted [Charn] out forever.”
“I,” said the Queen. “I, Jadis, the last Queen, but the Queen of the World.”
The two children stood silent, shivering in the cold wind.
And now that she’s Queen of a whole world where she literally subsists on magic alone, she wants to see how quickly she can conquer/decimate Earth! (She’s a bit of a narcissist, in case you couldn’t tell)
“I can see the truth whether you speak it or not. Your Uncle is the great King and the great Enchanter of your world. And by his art he has seen the shadow of my face, in some magic mirror or some enchanted pool; and for the love of my beauty he has made a potent spell which shook your world to its foundations and sent you across the vast gulf between world and world to ask my favor and to bring me to him. Answer me: is that not how it was?”
“Well, not exactly, said Digory.
“Not exactly” shouted Polly. “Why, it’s absolute bosh from beginning to end.”
I’m sure your master magician is handsome, too, right Jadis?
Next time: The beginning of Uncle Andrew’s troubles…