ISBN-10:
0199538131
ISBN-13:
9780199538133
Pub. Date:
04/15/2009
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
The Pilgrim's Progress / Edition 2

The Pilgrim's Progress / Edition 2

by John Bunyan, W. R. Owens
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Overview

The Pilgrim's Progress has inspired readers for over three centuries. It is one of the best-loved and most widely read books in English literature and is a classic of the heroic Puritan tradition and a founding text in the development of the English novel. The story of Christian, whose pilgrimage takes him through the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, and the Delectable Mountains, is full of danger and adventure. Together with his trusty companions, Faithful and Hopeful, he encounters many enemies—the foul fiend Apollyon, Judge Hategood, Giant Despair of Doubting Castle—before finally arriving at the Celestial City.

Bunyan's own experience of religious persecution informs his story, and its qualities of psychological realism, the beauty and simplicity of his prose combine to create a book whose appeal is universal. This edition includes the illustrations that appeared with the book in Bunyan's lifetime, giving a sense of its impact on contemporary readers.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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ISBN-13: 9780199538133
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2009
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 161,405
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author


John Bunyan was a 17th century Baptist preacher and writer. He became imprisoned for his Christian beliefs, and it was at that time he began work on A Pilgrim’s Progress.  Bunyan passed away in 1688, but left the legacy of 58 published titles; The Pilgrim’s Progress being his most popular.

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Chapter 1 Christian Falls

As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back.' I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and, as he read, he wept and trembled; and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, "What shall I do?"

In this plight therefore he went home, and refrained himself as long as he could, that his wife and children should not perceive his distress; but he could not be silent long, because that his trouble increased. Wherefore at length he brake his mind to his wife and children; and thus he began to talk to them: "0 my dear wife," said he, "and you, the children of my bowels, 1, your dear friend, am in myself undone, by reason of a burden that lieth hard upon me; moreover, I am for certain informed that this our city will be burnt with fire from heaven; in which fearful overthrow, both myself, with thee my wife, and you my sweet babes, shall miserably come to ruin, except (the which yet I see not) some way of escape can be found, whereby we may be delivered." At this his relations were sore amazed; not for that they believed that what he had said to them was true, but because they thought that some frenzy distemper had got into his head; therefore, it drawing towards night, and they hoping that sleep might settle his brains, with all haste they got him to bed. But the night was as troublesome to him as the day; wherefore, instead of sleeping, he spent it in sighs and tears. So, when the morning was come, they would know how he did; he told them, "Worse and worse." He also set to talking to them again; but they began to be hardened. They also thought to drive away his distemper by harsh and surly carriages to him; sometimes they would deride, sometimes they would chide, and sometimes they would quite neglect him. Wherefore he began to retire himself to his chamber to pray for and pity them, and also to condole his own misery; he would also walk solitarily in the fields, sometimes reading, and sometimes praying: and thus for some days he spent his time.

Now I saw, upon a time, when he was walking in the fields, that he was, as he was wont, reading in his book, and greatly distressed in his mind; and as he read, he burst out, as he had done before, crying, "What shall I do to be saved?"

I saw also that he looked this way and that way, as if he would run; yet he stood still, because, as I perceived, he could not tell which way to go. I looked then, and saw a man named Evangelist coming to him, and asked, "Wherefore dost thou cry?" He answered, "Sir, I perceive by the book in my hand that I am condemned to die, and after that to come to judgment; and I find that I am not willing to do the first, nor able to do the second."

Then said Evangelist, "Why not willing to die, since this life is attended with so many evils?" The man answered, "Because I. fear that this burden that is upon my back will sink me lower than the grave, and I shall fall into Tophet. And, sir, if I be not fit to go to prison, I am not fit, I am sure, to go to judgment, and from thence to execution; and the thoughts of these things make me cry."

Then said Evangelist, "If this be thy condition, why standest thou still?" He answered, "Because I know not whither to go." Then he gave him a parchment roll, and there was written within, "Fly from the wrath to come."

The man therefore read it, and looking upon Evangelist very carefully, said, "Whither must I fly?" Then said Evangelist, pointing with his finger over a very wide field, "Do you see yonder Wicket-gate?" The man said, "No." Then said the other, "Do you see yonder shining light?" He said, "I think I do." Then said Evangelist, "Keep that light in your eye, and go up directly thereto: so shalt thou see the gate; at which, when thou knockest, it shall be told thee what thou shalt do."

So I saw in my dream that the man began to run. Now he had not run far from his own door, but his wife and children, perceiving it, began to cry after him to return; but the man put his fingers in his ears, and ran on, crying, "Life! life! eternal life!" So he looked not behind him, but fled towards the middle of the plain.

The neighbours also came out to see him run; and as he ran, some mocked, others threatened, and some cried after him to return; and among those that did so, there were two that were resolved to fetch him back by force. The name of the one was Obstinate, and the name of the other Pliable. Now, by this time, the man was got a good distance from them; but, however, they were resolved to pursue him, which they did, and in a little time they overtook him. Then said the man, "Neighbours, wherefore are you come?" They said, "To persuade you to go back with us." But he said, "That can by no means be; you dwell," said he, "in the City of Destruction, the place also where I was born: I see it to be so; and, dying there, sooner or later, you will sink lower than the grave, into a Place that bums with fire and brimstone: be content, good neighbours, and go along with me."

OBSTINATE: "What! And leave our friends and our comforts behind us?"

CHRISTIAN: "Yes, because that all which you shall forsake is not worthy to be compared with a little of that that I am seeking to enjoy;" and if you will go along with me, and hold it, you shall fare as I myself; for there where I go, is enough and to spare. Come away, and prove my words."

OBSTINATE: "What are the things you seek, since you leave all the world to find them?"

CHRISTIAN: "I seek an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, and it is laid up in heaven, and safe there, to be bestowed at the time appointed, on them that diligently seek it. Read it so, if you will, in my book."

OBSTINATE: "Tush, away with your book; will you go back with us, or no?"

CHRISTIAN: "No, not I, because I have laid my hand to the plough."

OBSTINATE: "Come, then, Neighbour Pliable, let us turn again, and go home without him; there is a company of these crazed-headed coxcombs that, when they* take a fancy by the end, are wiser in their own eyes than seven men that can render a reason."

PLIABLE: "Don't revile; if what the good Christian says is true, the things he looks after are bet-ter than ours: my heart inclines to go with my neighbour."

OBSTINATE: "What! more fools still? Be ruled by me, and go back; who knows whither such a brainsick fellow will lead you? Go back, go back, and be wise."

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Life and Background.

About the Book.

PART I.

Synopsis.

List of Characters.

Summaries and Commentaries.

Section 1. To the Wicket Gate.

Section 2. Through the Wicket Gate to Interpreter's House.

Section 3. The Cross and Difficulty Hill.

Section 4. Palace Beautiful.

Section 5. Valley of Humiliation and Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Section 6. Faithful.

Section 7. Vanity Fair.

Section 8. By-Path Meadow and Doubting Castle.

Section 9. Delectable Mountains.

Section 10. Beulah Land, Dark River, and Celestial City.

Review Questions and Essay Topics.

PART II.

Synopsis.

Principal Characters.

Summaries and Commentaries.

Section 1. To Palace Beautiful.

Section 2. Palace Beautiful.

Section 3. Valley of Humiliation and Gaius' Inn.

Section 4. Vanity Fair and Doubting Castle.

Section 5. Delectable Mountains and over the River.

Review Questions and Essay Topics.

Selected Bibliography.

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The Pilgrim's Progress (Oxford World's Classics Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SFM13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first read this as a young girl; inspired by the March sisters in "Little Women." I remember the quest Christian was on as full of dangers and temptations. I don't remember reading part two of the story when Christiana and the boys takes centerstage. I remembered Christian¿s trouble of staying on the straight and narrow and falling into the mire ... the sloth of despond. I've been there myself over the years, but I keep pressing on. This time I listened to the story on audiobook. I loved the spoken language .. the "thus said," "where for," "whence come you " ... Bunyan's poetic measures were apologized for, but I found them to be quaint and enjoyed hearing them. Here's a favorite: "Apples were they with which we were beguiled, Yet sin, not apples, hath our soul defiled ...." When Christian and Hopeful approach the beautiful "By-path" meadow full of lilies, and they lay down to sleep, for some reason I began to think about the yellow-brick road and Dorothy lieing down in the field of poppies. Pilgrim¿s Progress the second time around,years later,was good. Now I have more knowledge now of the allegories made to the Biblical word. I recognized Christ¿s temptation in the wilderness, Lot¿s wife turned to a pillar of salt, and Jacob¿s ladder. Now I want to read Bunyan¿s ¿twin¿ to this book: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman
wrichard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good and very readable allegory.