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The Water Babies (Illustrated) Charles Kingsley

The Water Babies (Illustrated)

Charles Kingsley

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Tom, a poor orphan, is employed by the villainous chimney-sweep, Grimes, to climb up inside flues to clear away the soot.While engaged in this dreadful task, he loses his way and emerges in the bedroom of Ellie, the young daughter of the house whoMoreTom, a poor orphan, is employed by the villainous chimney-sweep, Grimes, to climb up inside flues to clear away the soot.While engaged in this dreadful task, he loses his way and emerges in the bedroom of Ellie, the young daughter of the house who mistakes him for a thief.He runs away, and, hot and bothered, he slips into a cooling stream, falls asleep, and becomes a Water Baby.In his new life, he meets all sorts of aquatic creatures, including an engaging old lobster, other water babies, and at last reaches St Brandens Isle where he encounters the fierce Mrs Bedonebyeasyoudid and the motherly Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby.Weekly, Tom is allowed the company of Ellie, who drowned after he did.Grimes, his old master, drowns as well, and in his final adventure, Tom travels to the end of the world to attempt to help the man where he is being punished for his misdeeds.Tom helps Grimes to find repentance, and Grimes will be given a second chance if he can successfully perform a final penance.By proving his willingness to do things he does not like, if they are the right things to do, Tom earns himself a return to human form, and becomes a great man of science who can plan railways, and steam-engines, and electric telegraphs, and rifled guns, and so forth.He and Ellie are united, although the book claims that they never marry.