Childhood's End | Study Guide

Arthur C. Clarke

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Childhood's End | Chapter 10 | Summary



Rather than moving the plot forward, this chapter explains the conditions on Earth, which remain uneventful. Most day-to-day work has been automated, all armies are disbanded, and entertainment and sports are thriving. Travel is easier than ever before, and people are very wealthy, adding to their leisure. Yet the future of life on Earth is unclear, and humanity is largely directionless.


This brief chapter suggests that time has continued to pass under the Overlords' rule, but that nothing of note really happens anymore. Life continues to be good for everyone on Earth, but it lacks direction and meaning. There is a lingering question about what will happen next. For decades, people have lived with the same level of ease and comfort, but the future of humanity is a question that only the Overlords, who have been given full control of Earth, truly know the answer to.

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