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Shannon and I were reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods tonight, and there was a scene in which our protagonist is dying of thirst, and a sentient squirrel brings him water in a walnut shell, going away and filling it and coming back a few times until the protagonist is feeling a bit less desperate.

This sounded extremely familiar to me, and I know I read a similar scene somewhere else recently. I think maybe the guy was somehow noble (even if only of heart and not by birth), maybe on some kind of quest, maybe in a desert, and he was saved by a bunch of small animals bringing him water in acorn shells (or something similarly tiny). It's possibly a story that was being told within the larger story of the novel.

I thought for sure it was somewhere in The Chronicles of Narnia, but couldn't find any reference to such an occurrence online. Then I thought maybe Zelazny's Amber series, Rushdie's Midnight's Children, something by Louise Erdrich, or maybe even one of Patricia McKillip's novels, but I haven't been able to find any reference to it in any book online.

So ... a guy ... dying of thirst ... animals bringing him tiny amounts of water over and over until he's saved ... does this scene sound familiar to anyone? The niggling inability to identify the familiarity is driving me crazy.


Edited to Add: Aha! I found it! It was, in fact, in The Chronicles of Narnia, in The Last Battle (the 7th and final book of the series). My frustration is at an end!

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wesleysgirl
Aug. 31st, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
You know, it sounds familiar to me, too, but for the life of me I can't remember where it might be from.
wesleysgirl
Aug. 31st, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
Oh, you were right about it being Narnia! I think there might be another similar scene in Gulliver's Travels?
roadnotes
Aug. 31st, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
When I googled, I found a Hopi story which included a squirrel offering a man a walnut shell (I think) of water, which quenched his thirst. And I keep thinking there's another myth, or myth-like story, that includes that sort of scene.
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