The Power of One

The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part I: Author’s Apology, the First Stage, and the Second Stage

Summary In his Apology, Bunyan affirms his aim to strengthen religious belief through fiction. He attacks the popular misconception that religion and fiction are enemies, asserting that the Bible contains many fictional parables. Bunyan also states that he wrote his work mainly for himself, to further his own spiritual development. Beginning the allegory, the narrator …

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The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part I: The Third Stage, the Fourth Stage

Summary Continuing on his journey, Christian comes to a wall that the narrator identifies as Salvation. The wall fences in a field of rising land containing a cross and a sepulcher, or tomb. Passing by the wall, Christian feels his burden spontaneously drop to the ground. Amazed and relieved that the sight of the cross …

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The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part I: The Fifth Stage, the Sixth Stage, the Seventh Stage

Summary Christian meets up with his former fellow townsman Faithful, who fled the City of Destruction shortly after Christian left. Faithful reports that the townspeople discussed their impending doom, but that few took it seriously enough to leave. Faithful says that Christian’s old acquaintance Pliable returned to town and was mocked for the dirt on …

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The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part I: The Eighth Stage, the Ninth Stage

Summary Christian and Hopeful reach the Delectable Mountains on the outskirts of the Celestial City. They bathe and eat in the gardens and orchards that they discover in the foothills of the mountains, which belong to the Lord Emmanuel. They meet some kind shepherds who welcome them and say that the lord gave them the …

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The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part I: The Tenth Stage, Conclusion of Part I

Summary Christian asks Hopeful if he knows of a fellow named Temporary, who was religious and who resolved to go on a pilgrimage as they are doing now. Hopeful knows of the man. Christian says that Temporary’s resolve only lasted a short time, until he met someone named Saveself and stopped talking to Christian. Temporary’s …

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The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part II: The Second Stage, the Third Stage

Summary Christiana, Mercy, and the boys continue on their journey. Christiana sings of her happiness at being a pilgrim at last. They spot a garden on the other side of the wall. The boys mischievously climb over the wall and steal some fruit from the garden, which belongs to the devil. Christiana chastises them, not …

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The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part II: Author’s Introduction, the First Stage

Summary In his introduction, Bunyan addresses his second book, known as Part II of The Pilgrim’s Progress. He orders the book to follow in the footsteps of Part I, embarking on a pilgrimage of its own. Bunyan calls the book by the name of Christiana and, thereby identifying it with Christian’s wife, Christiana. Bunyan then …

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The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part II: The Fourth Stage, the Fifth Stage

Summary Christiana, her children, and Mercy stop to eat and drink. When they continue their travels, Christiana forgets her bottle of liquor and returns to get it. Mercy remarks that this is the very spot where Christian lost his certificate. Great-heart explains that the danger of the area is sleepy forgetfulness, which all pilgrims must …

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The Pilgrim’s Progress – Part II: The Sixth Stage, the Seventh Stage

Summary The pilgrims pause to celebrate their victory over Maul at the spot where Christian first met Faithful. Traveling onward, they meet an old pilgrim named Old Honest asleep under a tree. Old Honest wakes up scared, mistaking Christiana’s group for thieves. Learning that Christiana is the wife of Christian, he calms down. Great-heart asks …

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