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What is a summary of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"?

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"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis, is a fantasy story about four siblings who travel through a wardrobe to a magical land called Narnia. The children, whose names are Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie, are sent to live in a large country house as a safety precaution while the Germans bomb London during World War II. Lucy discovers the land of Narnia inside a wardrobe in a spare room of the house.

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In Narnia, Lucy meets a faun named Mr. Tumnus who warns her that an evil White Witch has conquered the land with eternal winter. Edmund also secretly enters Narnia through the wardrobe. During his visit, the witch enthralls him and asks him to return with his brother and sisters. Back home, Edmund denies that he has been to Narnia and mocks Lucy, who refuses to say Narnia is not real.

One day, all four children enter Narnia and learn that the land is home to talking birds and animals. The Beavers tell them they are destined to help break the curse of the White Witch. Edmund sneaks away from the others to find the Witch, who captures him and forces him to be her slave. Meanwhile, the other three escape from her secret police and journey to join the army of the royal lion, Aslan.

Aslan's powers begin to melt the witch's winter; however, she threatens to kill Edmund unless the lion withdraws his army. Aslan offers his life in the place of Edmond's, and the witch seems close to triumph. Before she can win, Aslan rises from the dead, and the children fight with his army to defeat her. At the end of the story, Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter are crowned kings and queens of Narnia.

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