The Pilgrim's Progress

by John Bunyan

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"The Valley Of Humiliation"

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Context: The full and complete name of Bunyan's work is The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come. This long-titled work describes how Christian leaves his home, wife, and children to undertake the long, arduous journey from the City of Destruction to the City of Zion. During the course of the journey he encounters many temptations, in the forms of men, beasts, hideous monsters–but he overcomes them all. After struggling through the Slough of Despond, Christian reaches the Hill of Difficulty. He labors up the hill, beset by temptations still. At the top he finds a shelter, where he meets Prudence, Piety, and Charity, who prepare him for the next leg of his journey, into the Valley of Humiliation. The three accompany Christian to the base of the hill:

Then said Christian, "As it was difficult coming up, so, so far as I can see, it is dangerous going down." "Yes," said Prudence, "so it is, for it is a hard matter for a man to go down into the Valley of Humiliation, as thou art now, and to catch no slip by the way. . . ."

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