In John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, what is the purpose of the “certificate”? When Ignorance gets to the gates of the Celestial City, he is asked for a "certificate" needed for entry, which he does not have. The King, then, orders that he be bound and cast into hell.

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At the very end of the original version of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ignorance approaches the gates of the Celestial City. He assumes that he will easily be admitted, but when he is asked to produce a “certificate,” he is unable to do so:

Then they asked him for his certificate, that they might go in and show it to the King; so he fumbled in his bosom for one, and...

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