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Childhood's End Chapter 21

By Arthur C. Clarke

Chapter 21

  • Jean wept like there was no tomorrow (too soon for that pun?), but she is done crying now.
  • The island of Athens is silent of the sound of children. The Overlords come and collect the younglings, more for the safety of the parents than the children.
  • George and Jean watch and see their son as the ship's doors close.
  • Around the world, some people try to find a reason to live; others end their lives.
  • Jean wakes up and walks the empty house with George.
  • She tells her husband good-bye just as the uranium bomb goes off and destroys the island.