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On the final page of the final book of C. S. Lewis’ work entitled The Chronicles of Narnia, some of the children who have been to Narnia lament that they once again must return to their homeland. But Aslan (the lion who represents Jesus) has the best news of all for the children. “[Aslan speaks to the children and says,] ‘You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be.’ Lucy said, ‘We’re so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often.’ ‘No fear of that,’ said Aslan. ‘Have you not guessed?’ Their hearts leaped and a wild hope rose within them. ‘There was a real railway accident,’ said Aslan softly. ‘Your father and mother and all of you are — as you used to call it in the Shadow-Lands — dead. The [school] term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream has ended; this is morning.’ And as he spoke he no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

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