Childhood's End | Study Guide

Arthur C. Clarke

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Childhood's End | Chapter 19 | Summary



Jeffrey and Jennifer become more and more detached from human life. While Jeffrey still acts normally, Jennifer stops moving, but can move objects with her mind. The Overlords explain that this evolution is inevitable and uncontrollable. All children under 10 years old begin experiencing these changes.


In this chapter, the reader learns that the changes Jeffrey and Jennifer are undergoing are not isolated. In fact, every child under the age of 10 is experiencing the same dreams, visions, and psychic abilities that Jeffrey and Jennifer are. At this point, it becomes clear that humanity does not have a future; without children, there is no next generation, and without another generation, life on Earth as it is known will cease to exist.

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