Unlike Digory, Polly has no interest in dangerous adventures and does not want the answers to endless questions. She is far more practical and sensible than he is, pointing out, for example, that they ought to mark the pool before they jump into it wearing their rings, so when they come back, they won’t forget which world leads them home. (A detail Digory might have overlooked.) She has more concern about the unknown and doesn’t want to explore the world near its end, nor ring its bell. She tends to take things at a surface level, trusting Uncle Andrew and thus being whisked into another world. But once she knows him to be untrustworthy, she falls for none of his shenanigans a second time. She has an instant emotional reaction to Uncle Andrew’s cruel remarks about having done experiments on guinea pigs, she feels sorry for the cart horse, she tries to comfort Digory when he talks about his mother’s illness, she doesn’t want to be left behind when he sets off to find the apple that cures her, and she has a gentleness to her spirit. Polly is compassionate and kind, but also forceful in how she expresses her opinions. She will reason things out to make sense of them, and trust that she has reached the right decision. But she wants things to “make sense” and to be practical about them, rather than fanciful. Polly distrusts Digory’s fanciful thinking, but is also willing to go along with it, to some extent – she embraces his idea about planting their sweet in Narnia in hopes of waking up to find a tree there the next day, because she too saw it grow “a lamp post.” And she knows that she isn’t meant to enter the Garden; that is his task alone, despite not being told as much.

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Polly does not trust people easily, she is suspicious and doubtful about entering new worlds, and above all, she wants to be “careful.” She urges Digory not to ring the bell, and wants to turn back rather than explore an unknown kingdom. She’s afraid of Jadis (for good reason) and careful in how she interacts with her. She isn’t too keen on the idea of exploring the other pools, either. Polly is a helpful and good-natured girl, but also reliable and sensible. Once she comes to Narnia, she feels that she belong and a lot of her fear seems to melt away in Aslan’s presence, allowing her to bring out her more adventurous and playful side, in her desire to accompany her friend on his journey far into the north.