The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby

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Once upon a time there was a little chimney-sweep, and his name was Tom. That is a short name, and you have heard it before, so you will not have much trouble in remembering it. He lived in a great town in the North country, where there were plenty of chimneys to sweep, and plenty of money for Tom to earn and his master to spend. He could not read nor write, and did not care to do either; and he never washed himself, for there was no water up the court where he lived. He had never been taught to say his prayers. He never had heard of God, or of Christ, except in words which you never have heard, and which it would have been well if he had never heard. He cried half his time, and laughed the other half. He cried when he had to climb the dark flues, rubbing his poor knees and elbows raw; and when the soot got into his eyes, which it did every day in the week; and when his master beat him, which he did every day in the week; and when he had not enough to eat, which happened every day in the week likewise. And he laughed the other half of the day, when he was tossing halfpennies with the other boys, or playing leap-frog over the posts, or bowling stones at the horses' legs as they trotted by, which last was excellent fun, when there was a wall at hand behind which to hide. As for chimney-sweeping, and being hungry, and being beaten, he took all that for the way of the world, like the rain and snow and thunder, and stood manfully with his back to it till it was over, as his old donkey did to a hail-storm; and then shook his ears and was as jolly as ever; and thought of the fine times coming, when he would be a man, and a master sweep, and sit in the public-house with a quart of beer and a long pipe, and play cards for silver money, and wear velveteens and ankle-jacks, and keep a white bull-dog with one grey ear, and carry her puppies in his pocket, just like a man. And he would have apprentices, one, two, three, if he could. How he would bully them, and knock them about, just as his master did to him; and make them carry home the soot sacks, while he rode before them on his donkey, with a pipe in his mouth and a flower in his button-hole, like a king at the head of his army. Yes, there were good times coming; and, when his master let him have a pull at the leavings of his beer, Tom was the jolliest boy in the whole town.

One day a smart little groom rode into the court where Tom lived. Tom was just hiding behind a wall, to heave half a brick at his horse's legs, as is the custom of that country when they welcome strangers; but the groom saw him, and halloed to him to know where Mr. Grimes, the chimney-sweep, lived. Now, Mr. Grimes was Tom's own master, and Tom was a good man of business, and always civil to customers, so he put the half-brick down quietly behind the wall, and proceeded to take orders.

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Library of Alexandria
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Dec 31, 1906
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345
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9781465515315
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English
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Hypatia is a novel by the English writer Charles Kingsley. It is a fictional account of the life of the philosopher Hypatia, and tells the story of a young monk called Philammon who travels to Alexandria, where he becomes mixed up in the political and religious battles of the day.

The plot revolves around Hypatia the pagan philosopher; Cyril the Christian patriarch; Orestes the power-hungry prefect of Egypt; and Philammon an Egyptian monk. Philammon travels from his monastic, desert community to Alexandria, and expresses a desire to attend Hypatia's lectures despite Cyril's dislike of Hypatia. Although Hypatia has a deep-seated hatred of Christianity, Philammon becomes her devoted friend and disciple. Philammon also encounters Pelagia, his long-lost sister, a former singer and dancer who is now married to a Gothic warrior. Philammon naturally desires to convert both women to Christianity. The plot is played out against the backdrop of Orestes as the scheming prefect who hopes to become emperor of Egypt and Africa, and uses Hypatia as a pawn in his schemes. A subplot involves Raphael Aben-Ezra as a wealthy Jewish associate of Hypatia who falls in love with a Christian girl called Victoria, and converts to win her love. A series of events, some of which are orchestrated by a Jewish woman called Miriam, raise tensions between the Prefect and the Church. Hypatia undergoes a spiritual crisis and comes close to being converted to Christianity by Raphael. Before this can happen however, rumours are spread that Hypatia is the cause of unrest in the city and she is murdered by a Christian mob. Philammon, despondent, returns to the desert where he eventually becomes abbot of his monastery, albeit with a more worldly view of Christianity.



The much revered priest, university professor, historian and
novelist, Charles Kingsley produced a diverse body of works.  Famous novels such as THE WATER-BABIES and
WESTWARD HO! are now celebrated for their powerful use of descriptive language
and their impassioned concern for social reform.  This comprehensive eBook presents the
complete works of Charles Kingsley, with numerous illustrations, rare texts
appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and
the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)



 



* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Kingsley's
life and works



* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts



* ALL 9 novels, with individual contents tables



* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your
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* Excellent formatting of the texts



* Famous works such as THE WATER-BABIES are fully
illustrated with their original artwork



* Features the rare unfinished novel THE TUTOR’S STORY,
which was completed by Kingsley’s daughter, appearing here for the first time in
digital publishing



* Includes the short stories, play and poetry



* Also includes Kingsley's sermons and non-fiction - spend
hours exploring the author’s scholarly works



* Special criticism section, with six essays by critics like
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* Features a bonus biography - discover Kingsley's literary
life



* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and
literary genres



 



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CONTENTS:



 



The Novels



ALTON
LOCKE



YEAST, A PROBLEM



HYPATIA



WESTWARD HO!



TWO YEARS AGO



THE WATER-BABIES



HEREWARD THE WAKE: “LAST OF THE ENGLISH”



THE TUTOR’S STORY by Lucas Malet



 



The Short Story Collections



THE HEROES, OR GREEK FAIRY TALES FOR MY CHILDREN



THE HERMITS



PROSE IDYLLS, NEW AND OLD



 



The Play



THE SAINT’S TRAGEDY



 



The Poetry



INTRODUCTION TO KINGSLEY’S POETRY



LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER



 



The Sermons



INTRODUCTION TO KINGSLEY’S SERMONS



WHAT, THEN, DOES DR. NEWMAN MEAN?



APOLOGIA PRO VITA SUA by John Henry Newman



ALL SAINTS’ DAY AND OTHER SERMONS



OUT OF THE DEEP: WORDS FOR THE SORROWFUL



TRUE WORDS FOR BRAVE MEN



TWENTY-FIVE VILLAGE SERMONS



SERMONS ON NATIONAL SUBJECTS



SERMONS FOR THE TIMES



THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD



TOWN AND COUNTRY SERMONS



SERMONS ON THE PENTATEUCH



DAVID AND OTHER SERMONS



THE WATER OF LIFE AND OTHER SERMONS



DISCIPLINE AND OTHER SERMONS



WESTMINSTER
SERMONS



 



The Non-Fiction



CHEAP CLOTHES AND NASTY



PHAETON, OR LOOSE THOUGHTS FOR LOOSE THINKERS



GLAUCUS, OR THE WONDERS OF THE SHORE



ALEXANDRIA
AND HER SCHOOLS



THE ROMAN AND THE TEUTON



THE ANCIENT RÉGIME



MADAM HOW AND LADY WHY



AT LAST: A CHRISTMAS IN THE WEST INDIES



TOWN GEOLOGY



DAILY THOUGHTS: SELECTED FROM THE WRITINGS OF CHARLES
KINGSLEY BY HIS WIFE



FROUDE’S HISTORY OF ENGLAND



HEALTH AND EDUCATION



HISTORICAL LECTURES AND ESSAYS



LECTURES DELIVERED IN AMERICA IN 1874



LITERARY AND GENERAL LECTURES AND ESSAYS



PLAYS AND PURITANS



SANITARY AND SOCIAL LECTURES AND ESSAYS



SCIENTIFIC ESSAYS AND LECTURES



SIR WALTER RALEIGH AND HIS TIME



TRUE WORDS FOR BRAVE MEN



WOMEN AND POLITICS



 



The Criticism



CHARLES KINGSLEY by Andrew Lang



CHARLES KINGSLEY by Frederic Harrison



Extract from ‘THE VICTORIAN AGE IN LITERATURE’ by G. K.
Chesterton



Extract from ‘THE SOUL OF MAN UNDER SOCIALISM’ by Oscar
Wilde



REVIEW OF KINGSLEY’S “HEREWARD” by Henry James



THE NOBLE
SCHOOL OF FICTION by
Henry James



 



The Biography



CHARLES KINGSLEY by George Henry Blore



 



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Hypatia is a novel by the English writer Charles Kingsley. It is a fictional account of the life of the philosopher Hypatia, and tells the story of a young monk called Philammon who travels to Alexandria, where he becomes mixed up in the political and religious battles of the day.

The plot revolves around Hypatia the pagan philosopher; Cyril the Christian patriarch; Orestes the power-hungry prefect of Egypt; and Philammon an Egyptian monk. Philammon travels from his monastic, desert community to Alexandria, and expresses a desire to attend Hypatia's lectures despite Cyril's dislike of Hypatia. Although Hypatia has a deep-seated hatred of Christianity, Philammon becomes her devoted friend and disciple. Philammon also encounters Pelagia, his long-lost sister, a former singer and dancer who is now married to a Gothic warrior. Philammon naturally desires to convert both women to Christianity. The plot is played out against the backdrop of Orestes as the scheming prefect who hopes to become emperor of Egypt and Africa, and uses Hypatia as a pawn in his schemes. A subplot involves Raphael Aben-Ezra as a wealthy Jewish associate of Hypatia who falls in love with a Christian girl called Victoria, and converts to win her love. A series of events, some of which are orchestrated by a Jewish woman called Miriam, raise tensions between the Prefect and the Church. Hypatia undergoes a spiritual crisis and comes close to being converted to Christianity by Raphael. Before this can happen however, rumours are spread that Hypatia is the cause of unrest in the city and she is murdered by a Christian mob. Philammon, despondent, returns to the desert where he eventually becomes abbot of his monastery, albeit with a more worldly view of Christianity.
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