Childhood's End - Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 6 Summary

Karellen sums up his philosophy about world order in a past meeting with Stormgren. He feels that tactful use of power, not forceful, can create political harmony. For example, all but one of the ships floating over Earth were illusions to intimidate humans into submission. The remainder of Chapter 6 shows the ways in which Karellen applies his form of power, and the ways in which the physical presence of the Overlords affects people.

Although the Overlords have revealed themselves, they usually stay on their ship. They seem to be unaccustomed to Earth's gravity level, and have to wear weighted belts. Uncomfortable in strong sunlight, they wear sunglasses whenever outside. They can breathe Earth's air, but need supplemental gas on occasion. Few humans have actually even seen an Overlord in person, and there are still some matters which they keep secret. However, most people are too grateful for...

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