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Coraline Chapter 11 Summary
Coraline's apartment looks normal, but the other mother is there waiting, looking furious as ever. She follows Coraline into the drawing room and Coraline shows her the souls she has found. The other mother reaches for her, and Coraline knows that she won't let her go. As a diversion, Coraline bluffs and tells her other mother that she knows her real parents are hidden in the passageway between the two worlds. She is hoping that the other mother will open the door to prove her wrong. Then she'll run through it and make a break for home. Sure enough, the other mother unlocks the door and turns around to gloat when it's empty. Coraline responds to this by throwing the cat at the other mother's head. Awesome! Quickly, Coraline grabs the snow globe, shoves it in her pocket, and runs for it, yelling for the cat to follow her. She tries to close the door behind her, but it's super heavy, and she can't get it shut. Suddenly, five other ghostly people appear in the hallway with her and help her shut the door. Three of the people are the children she rescued. And the other two are her parents. Yes! Coraline hears her real mother's voice in her head, and it gives her enough strength to finish shutting the door. Just as Coraline is closing the door, though, the other mother screams and shoves her hand right in there, blocking the door from closing completely. But with their last strength, Coraline and her friends and parents finally manage shut the door all the way. Coraline runs down the hallway and finally bursts out into her own apartment in the real world. Whew! She's never been so relieved in her life. Coraline apologizes to the cat for throwing him; he purrs at her, so it seems like he's forgiven her. Our leading lady then curls up in an arm chair and goes into a very deep (and well-deserved) sleep.
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