The Pilgrim’s Progress

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A favourite book of all time for me is The Pilgrim’s Progress. It is easy to read as not too long and the characters are obvious: Help, Faithful and so on. The English countryside, weather and walking are used as metaphor between the material and spiritual.

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If Bunyan had been given access to the internet he would have certainly used it- yet he was writing for himself: “I did not think to show the world my pen and ink in such a mode; I only thought to make I knew not what; not did I undertake thereby to please my neighbour: no, not I; I did it my own self to gratify.”

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The following is a list of expressions taken from this book:

dark clouds; dark and cloudy words;

Truth’s golden beams

Carrying a heavy burden

I walked through the wilderness

Walking in the sight of God

Slough of Despond

sound ground

forbidden paths

knocking at the gate; an open door

the straight and narrow way

The Hill Difficulty

The Way of Danger, Way of Destruction

Valley of Humiliation/Humility

Leaves of the Tree of Life

Valley of the Shadow of Death

Clouds of Confusion

Pits, pit-holes, deep holes

The heavenly country

These expressions draw on the countryside, weather, walking, and the heavy burden to carry.  Less is surely more for a pilgrim as far as carrying material possession is concerned. How was this managed? Carrying very little, I imagine, unless you were rich enough to get others to carry your burden for you. The tragedy for Bunyan was this work of art was written in prison; his burden was not a material one and he he must have yearned for country views

Sundridge in April

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