Spotlight from Chronologically Lewis

October 17, 2020. The Daudel. There is no model of motorcycle (and no motorcycle manufacturer) by this name, but Warren Lewis used that term for his motorcycle. The word seems to come from the German, since he also calls it his Daudelspiel, and the “spiel” part of that word means “play.” Warren once spelled Daudel as “Dawdle.” It may be related to the Swiss word Badautle, which means “simple person.” In February 1921, we know he was riding a Triumph motorcycle, and yet he refers to it as his Daudel. Therefore, it seems clear that the Daudel is Warren’s affectionate term for his motorcycle, especially since he called several different models by the same term.

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Edinburgh, March 2, 1956

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Dr. Joel Heck, Concordia University Texas, Austin, Texas, is the author or editor of fourteen books, four of them on C. S. Lewis, including reprints of the Socratic Digest and The Personal Heresy and dozens of articles about Lewis. He and his wife Cheryl have three grown children and three grandchildren.