By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét

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In "By the Waters of Babylon," how do you know the narrator is dreaming when he falls asleep in front of the fireplace?

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Well, we are not told specifically it was a dream. It could have been a very strong vision. Either way, it is clear that somehow John, the narrator who tells us this story, is seeing the city as it once was rather than seeing its reality in his time. He describes to us a strange sense of being drawn out of himself into the past to witness...

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