There then follows a dream sequence—where the tramp flies through a heavenly scene—which Chaplin explained had been influenced by J.M. Barrie’s play, A Kiss for Cinderella.
This is how the original synopsis of The Kid—exactly as written by the Chaplin Studio in 1921—covers the dream sequence:
Charlie wakes to find the boy gone. He is frantic and walks the street the remainder of the night until he falls exhausted on his own doorstep. He dreams….
He sees the wretched slum transformed into a veritable fairyland – plenty of everything to eat and drink, to be had for the asking. There is no payment except love. His former friends and enemies are all friends. All have wings and play harps and other celestial instruments.
Jackie is there and he takes Charlie by the hand and then Charlie himself finds he also has wings, strong white wings. And he finds he can fly. But, alas, Sin creeps in and Charlie becomes involved in a fight with his old enemy. He tries to escape – to fly away – but he is ruthlessly shot down – down – down, and awakens to find himself being shaken by the big policeman whom he had eluded over the house tops.
Shortly after the dream sequence, the tramp is awakened by the policeman, who takes him to a private house, where he is reunited with the kid. We see the door close on the mother, the kid and the tramp—and the film ends.
What happens next?
That is left to our imaginations!