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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John believes that being fearless in the face of death is a holy quality and the mark of a true priest. At last, I came out upon an open place at the top of a cliff. He laughs venet how the Forest People eat grubs, and boasts that the Hill People spin wool into yarn and preserve old writings, and that their priests dress in white robes all these qualities differentiating them from the Forest people.

We do not even say its name though we know its name. The building itself babyloh strange and fascinating.

But that doesn’t deter John from trying to use the knowledge he gained to make things better. It’s clear from the way that it’s written that it’s aimed at children, but my copy vinent has a selection of exercises at the end, so it was obviously produced with the classroom in mind.

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It is not bahylon what some of the tales say, that the ground there burns forever, for I have been there. There should have been the wailings of spirits and the shrieks of demons, but there were not.

I ate yb the fruits from the jars—they had a very sweet taste. I read this as an interesting example of early post-apocalyptic literature. A beautiful story, far ahead of its time.

We shall go to the Place of the Gods—the place newyork—not one man but a company. I knew that I was seeing the city as it had been when the gods were alive. Nov 07, Edwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was a dead man’s house, a spirit house. It went down into great caves and tunnels—perhaps they kept their slaves there.

Let us vicent with it. Here, John is stripped of the fearlessness he sees as central to his identity as a future priest. At night, I would lie awake and listen to the wind—it seemed to me that it was the voice of the gods as they flew through the air. They follow arbitrary rules, while John agrees with very few of them.

By the Waters of Babylon

All these things are forbidden. There was no smell of man left, on stone or metal. I saw both banks of the river—I saw that once there had been god-roads across it, though now they were broken and fallen like broken vines. His age was neither young nor old—I could not tell his age. Though nuclear weapons had not yet been invented, waers poison in the ground seems to foresee the consequences of radiation poisoning.


Only priests and the sons of priests are allowed to visit the Dead Places, and even then, they only go to collect metal. It was half-a-day’s journey after I had left the god-road—we do not use the god-roads now for they are falling apart into great blocks of stone, and the forest is safer going. All this, Vincsnt saw.

By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét

They ran about like ants in the streets of their city—poor gods, poor gods! I had not gone through all the rooms when the darkness fell.

When my father went into the house to search for the metal, I stood by the door and my heart felt small and weak. The rooms are dusty and stuffy, but appear untouched since the Time of the Gods.

John describes the soft furniture and carpeting, and the paintings on the walls. Each book in the series has Do your students enjoy a good laugh?

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