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.

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But that is a great sin. John journeys through the forest for eight days and crosses the river Ou-dis-sun Hudson. That was a sight indeed—yes, that was a sight: There was a cooking-place but no wood, and though there was a machine to cook food, there was no place to put fire in it. Jan 25, Billie rated it it was amazing. Everywhere there are the carved stones, carved with waers numbers or words. HardcoverCreative Short Stories32 pages. He died as he tried to spring—he rolled over, tearing at the ground.


If you don’t mind the simplicity of the story then it’s fine. Almost I would have gone down again and faced the dogs, but I did not. Thanks to my 9th and 11th grade English teacher, Mr. This must have been a strong magic but the magic was gone. Thr gave me the metal to hold—I took it and did not die.

By the Waters of Babylon

It was there, the Place of the Gods. It seemed to me it should not have happened, with all the magic qaters had. Jun 13, Stephen Brooke rated it liked it Shelves: Once John gets to the Place of the Gods, he feels the energy and magic there. A few escaped—yes, a few. Oct 04, Rana Osama rated it it was ok. It was magic and I prayed.

We shall go to the Place of the Gods—the place newyork—not one man but a company. I saw it happen, I saw the last of them die. Some will say that I slept again, but I do not think that I slept. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Its name is Ou-dis-sun, the Sacred, the Long. Toward the setting of the eighth sun, I came to the stepehn of the great river. It was my father himself who questioned me about my dreams.

But the story is not logical nor particularly believable. It was fire falling out of the sky and a mist that poisoned.

Thought-provoking, terrific little read. If I went to the Place of the Gods, I would surely die, but, if I did not go, I could never be at peace with my spirit again. The humor of Mark Twain I could not have seen it in the body—my body would have died.

By the Waters of Babylon

Sorry, that person’s shelf is private. It was the time of the Great Burning and the Destruction. I saw them with wisdom beyond wisdom and knowledge beyond knowledge.