Complete summary of Stephen Vincent Benét’s By the Waters of Babylon. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of By the Waters of Babylon. The great river in the story “By the Waters of Babylon” is the Hudson River. The Hudson River is the river separating parts of New York from New Jersey. By the Waters of Babylon has ratings and 44 reviews. Corinne said: By the Waters of Babylon is a really well written story, with so many effects go.

Author: Mumi Gardabar
Country: Martinique
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Photos
Published (Last): 9 October 2008
Pages: 360
PDF File Size: 14.77 Mb
ePub File Size: 13.48 Mb
ISBN: 869-7-69284-725-1
Downloads: 41220
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Yogar

May 11, gay sunflower rated it liked it. It is very long, very wide. It is forbidden to go to any of the Dead Places except to search for metal and then he who touches the metal must be a priest or the son of a priest. Steephen hunger for knowledge burned in me—there was so much that I could not understand. Open Preview See a Problem?

By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét

Articles with Bibliowiki links Articles with Project Gutenberg links. No man of my tribe had seen it, not even my father, the priest.

You come back a man and a priest. I take the metal from the Dead Places but I am not blasted. Pocket Book of Science Fiction, the. He touched my lips and my breast, he said, “You went away a boy. It went down into great caves and tunnels—perhaps they kept their slaves there. And yet not all they did was well done—even I could see that?


We do not eat grubs from the trees, we have not forgotten the old writings, although they are hard to understand. It is forbidden to go east, but I have gone, forbidden to go on the great river, but I am there.

There should have been the wailings of spirits and the shrieks of demons, but there were not. There was a washing-place but no water—perhaps the gods washed in air. He died as he tried to spring—he rolled over, tearing at the ground. The noise of their coming and going was the noise of the many waters. I travel upon the god-roads and am not afraid. My head hummed with my fasting—I did not even see the panther spring upon the white fawn.

Sep 20, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: He is set on reconstructing the society humans had years ago, and this time, making things right. My raft went whirling downstream toward the Bitter Water.

It is forbidden to cross the great river and look upon the place that was the Place of the Gods—this is most strictly forbidden.

It was there, the Place of the Gods. It was my father himself who questioned me about my dreams. There was a place to make fire and a box with wood in it, though I do not think they cooked there. At last, I came out upon an open place warers the top of a cliff.


By the Waters of Babylon

When I reached for a stone to throw, he moved swiftly out of the way of the stone. It was very dystopian but with no real suspense. I had stepped out of my body—I could see my body asleep in front of the cold fire, but it was not I.

I b my eyes with my hands and crept back into the forest. The towers are not all broken—here and there one still stands, like a great tree in a forest, and the birds nest high. Okay, so the gods were men, and the men were us My voice sounded thin in my ears but that was because of the smoke. My body is painted for death and my limbs weak, but my heart is big as I go to the Place of the Benst