It can be terrifying to be alone, and in The Horse and His Boy, Shasta found himself alone at the Tombs outside of Tashbaan. After he became separated from the rest of his party in the city, he eventually made his way out and arrived at their rendezvous point. Unfortunately, no one was there to greet him, and he had to spend the night by himself.
“Now that Shasta knew he would have to spend the night alone (it was getting darker every minute) he began to like the look of the place less and less. There was something very uncomfortable about those great, silent shapes of stone. He had been trying his hardest for a long time not to think of ghouls, but he couldn’t keep it up any longer.”
Like Shasta, we can be frightened by the unknown. Whether we’re talking about literal darkness or metaphorical darkness, it is hard to be in the middle of the situation when you don’t know what is around you. If you add silence on top of that, it is even harder. Every little noise stands out against the silence, and when the silence is broken, it seems even more terrifying than the unnerving silence itself.
We live in a world of constant connection. I will freely admit to you that as I was writing this article, I did open up my Facebook a few times to see if there were any notifications that told me anything interesting. We have our cell phones on us all the time, and there really is never an excuse for being out of touch. Because there is no excuse, there is an expectation that we will be available at any time for communication.
The silence is then unnerving. It doesn’t feel right when we are out of touch. Shasta would have surely felt better if he had his companions around, but being alone in the dark was a major problem and stressor.
Maybe this is a good warning to us as well. We have this need for constant connection, and we feel that we always need to be getting in touch with someone else. We feel alone in the dark, so we greatly desire someone else that we can reach out to and speak to.
This thing to remember about this story however is that Shasta was not really alone even though he felt that way. Each of us can have a companion too that doesn't rely on the artificial companionship of our technology.
“And whether he really had been dreaming or not, what was now lying at his feet, and staring him out of countenance with its big, green, unwinking eyes, was the cat; though certainly one of the largest cats he had ever seen.
‘Oh, Puss,’ gasped Shasta. ‘I am so glad to see you again. I’ve been having such horrible dreams.’ And he at once lay down again, back to back with the cat as they had been at the beginning of the night. The warmth from it spread all over him.”
 CS Lewis, “The Horse and His Boy” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 5147-5150, Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., Kindle Locations 5190-5194.