BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON by Stephen Vincent Benét. The north and the w est and the south are good hunting ground, but it is forbidden to go east. It. Dec 14, Need help with By the Waters of Babylon in Stephen Vincent Benét’s By the Waters of Babylon? Check out our revolutionary side-by-side. The By the Waters of Babylon Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, by Stephen Vincent Benet.

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He was a big dog, with a gray-brown coat, as big as a wolf. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. John describes himself as child in comparison to the gods and says that if they had possessed any more knowledge, they would have been able to pull the moon out of the sky. Dec 31, Kirsten babyloon it liked it.

If you don’t mind the simplicity of the story then it’s fine. After John is ritually purified once again, his father recognizes him as a man and a priest.

In fact, I read the whole book in less than 45 minutes. Nov 30, Danae rated it it was ok. But a dog cannot open a door and I knew, from the books, that the gods henet not like to live on the ground but on high.

Very great they were, and wonderful and broken—broken in the time of the Great Burning when the fire fell out of the sky. I thought to myself “This is strong magic” and trembled.


Another issue is that once again I have talked about a story written by a Dead White Male. The Ou-dis-san recalls the River Styx, which separates the worlds of the living and dead in Greek mythology. He throws a stone in an attempt to frighten the dog away, but it does not seem to fear him.

If the hunters think we do all things by chants and spells, they may believe so—it does not hurt them. It was there with the red light upon it, mighty and ruined. John soon realizes stepyen he will have to spend the night in the apartment.

I go into the Dead Places but I am not slain. The priests of John’s people the hill people are inquisitive people associated with the divine. But when I started to climb down, I heard the squeaking of rats, so I did not go—rats are unclean, and there must have been many tribes of them, from the squeaking.

They were men who were here before us. This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat I am a priest and the son of a priest. John explains to his father that he went to the Place of the Gods and learned that the gods were humans, then asks his father to kill him for breaking the laws of the tribe.

At first, I thought this was a simple children’s tale, warning us that curiosity sometimes gets the best of us.

A few escaped—yes, a few. I went through the house looking for an answer. I thought the river meant to take me past the Place of the Gods and out into the Bitter Water of the legends. No doubt I could have killed him with an arrow, but I did not know if there were others.


I assumed that was just pure coincident. Pangborn returned to that devastated world in his later writings, including the novel Davy.

They ran about like ants in the streets of their city—poor gods, poor gods! I went toward this god-road, keeping to the heights of the ruins, while the dog followed.

By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét

The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play. It was not idly that our fathers forbade the Dead Places. Then three deer passed in the valley going east—they did not mind me or see me. The lock of it was broken and I opened it and went in. I have been in the Dead Places near us, with my father—at first, I was afraid.

I waited again on the flat rock, fasting, taking no food.

By the Waters of Babylon

Here and there were the marks and stains of the Great Burning, on the ruins, that is true. One writing technique or literary element that the author used well is description of setting. But if the a-bombs bwbylon dormant, then why would they explode for some people and not explode for others?