Title text: Or maybe the slide is like Aslan, and gets taller as I do (except without the feeling of discomfort when I reach my teens and suddenly get the Christ stuff)
It is a common trope that as a child, objects that an adult would consider small seem large and imposing. Cueball initially seems to have undergone something similar, as he describes a slide from his playground in a manner typical of such an experience. Instead, however, he finds that his initial perception was correct - the slide appeared large because it was actually extremely tall, not because his childhood self exaggerated its height. (As a child, it's roughly nine times his height; as an adult, it's only about triple.)
The title text references Aslan, a lion from The Chronicles of Narnia. In Prince Caspian, the fourth chronological book in the series, Lucy Pevensie tells him that he has grown since she last saw him. Aslan tells her that this is because she has grown; as she grew up, he grew in size to match her. Aslan is often regarded as a Christ figure, but since Narnia is a children's series, many readers don't realize this until long after they've read the books – another instance of how perspective changes with age, and of the comic's title, "subjectivity."
- [A tall slide, seen from the ground.]
- When I was a kid, my school playground had a really tall slide that always made me nervous.
- [A tall slide, seen from the side.]
- We moved away, but the slide stuck in my memory, becoming a skyscraping monster.
- [A car and a sign pointing to school zone.]
- Years later, I was passing through my old town and remembered the playground.
- I drove to the school to see the slide that my inner six-year-old thought was so towering.
- [A huge slide, Cueball beside it.]
- AND IT WAS HUGE!
- I KNEW IT!
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