The Pilgrim's Progress

by John Bunyan

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"The Delectable Mountains"

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Context: In his allegory, Bunyan describes vividly the experiences of Christian, a wayfarer journeying from the City of Destruction to the City of Zion. Although the way is difficult and the traveler is beset by a great many temptations, he perseveres. For a time Christian is accompanied by a companion named Hopeful. They stray in By-Path Meadow, become lost, and inadvertently trespass on the grounds of Doubting Castle. Here they are imprisoned by Giant Despair and are severely beaten, but they do not lose their faith in God. Finally Christian remembers a key, named Promise, which he carries about him; the key opens the lock to their dungeon, and the two escape. They carve a warning on a pillar for future pilgrims and then proceed on their way:

They went then till they came to the Delectable Mountains, which mountains belong to the Lord of that hill of which we have spoken before. . . .

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