"Are you thirsty?" said the Lion.
"I'm dying of thirst," said Jill.
"Then drink," said the Lion . . .
"Will you promise not to -- do anything to me, if I do come?"
"I make no promise," said the Lion.
"Do you eat girls?" she said.
"I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms," said the Lion. It didn't say this as if it were boasting, or as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
"Oh, dear!" said Jill, coming another step nearer. "I suppose I must go and look for another stream then."
"There is no other stream," said the Lion.
-- from The Silver Chair by C S Lewis