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gerous, yet this second part, which
THE SECOND PART he was yet to go, was, if possible, far OF THIS VALLEY more dangerous : for, from the place VERY DANGEROUS. where he now stood, even to the end of the Valley, the way was all along set so full of snares, traps, gins, and nets here, and so full of pits, pit-falls, deep holes, and shelvings down there, that, had it now been dark, as it was when he came the first part of the way, had he had a thousand souls, they had in reason been cast away; but, as I said, just now the sun was rising. Then said he, “ His candle shineth on my head, and by his light I go through darkness."4
In this light, therefore, he came to the end of the valley. Now I saw in my dream, that at the end of the valley lay blood, bones, ashes, and mangled bodies of men, even of Pilgrims that had gone this way formerly; and, while I was musing what should be the reason, I espied, a little before me, a cave, where two giants, Pope and Pagan, dwelt in old time, by whose power and tyranny the men, whose bones, blood, ashes, &c. lay there, were cruelly put to death. By this place Christian went without much danger, whereat I somewhat wondered : But I have learned since, that Pagan has been dead many a day; and as for the other, though he be yet' alive, he is, by reason of age, and also of the many shrewd brushes that he met with in his younger days, grown so crazy and stiff in his joints, that he can now do little more than sit in his Cave's mouth, grinning at Pilgrims as they go by, and biting his nails because he cannot come at them. So I saw that Christian went on his way; yet, at
4 Job, xxix. 3.
the sight of the Old Man that sat at the mouth of the Cave, he could not tell what to think, 'specially because he spoke to him, though he could not go after him, saying, You will never mend till more of you be burnt ! But he held his peace, and set a good face on it, and so went by, and catched no hurt. Then sang Christian,
O world of wonders ! (I can say no less,)
But, since I live, let Jesus wear the crown. Now, as Christian went on his way, he came to a little ascent, which was cast up on purpose that Pilgrims might see before them: up there, therefore, Christian went, and, looking forward, he saw Faithful before him upon his journey: Then said Christian aloud, Ho, ho ! so, ho ! Stay, and I will be your companion. At that Faithful looked behind him; to whom Christian cried again, Stay, stay, till I come up to you. But Faithful answered, No; I am upon my life, and the Avenger of Blood is behind me. CHRISTIAN At this Christian was somewhat moved, OVERTAKES and putting to all his strength, he quickly FAITHFUL. got up with Faithful, and did also overrun him ; so the last was first. Then did Christian vaingloriously smile, because he had gotten the start of his brother : but, not taking good heed to his feet, he suddenly stumbled and fell, and could not rise again, until Faithful came up to help him.
Then I saw in my dream they CHRISTIAN'S FALL went very lovingly on together, and AND HE GO LOVING
MAKES FAITHFUL had sweet discourse of all things LY TOGETHER. that had happened to them in their pilgrimage ; and thus Christian began.
Chr. My honoured and well-beloved brother Faithful, I am glad that I have overtaken you, and that God has so tempered our spirits, that we can walk as companions in this so pleasant a path.
Faith. I had thought, dear friend, to have had your company quite from our town, but you did get the start of me; wherefore I was forced to come thus much of the way alone.
Chr. How long did you stay in the city of Destruction, before you.set out after me on your pilgrimage?
Faith. Till I could stay no longer; THEIR TALK ABOUT for there was a great talk, presently THE COUNTRY FROM after you were gone out, that our WHENCE THEY CAME. City would, in a short time, with fire from Heaven, be burnt down to the ground.
Chr. What! did your neighbours talk so?
Chr. What ! and did no more of them but you come out to escape the danger?
Faith. Though there was, as I said, a great talk thereabout, yet I do not think they did firmly believe it; for, in the heat of the discourse, I heard some of them deridingly speak of you, and of your desperate journey (for so they called this your pilgrimage): but I did believe, and do still, that the end of our city
THE COUNTRY FROM
will be with fire and brimstone from above: and therefore I have made my escape.
Chr. Did you hear no talk of neighbour Pliable?
Faith. Yes, Christian, I heard that he had followed you till he came to the Slough of Despond, where, as some said, he fell in ; but he would not be known to have so done : But I am sure he was soundly bedabled with that kind of dirt.
Chr. And what said the neighbours to him?
HOW PLIABLE WAS AC
Faith. He hath, since his going COUNTED OF WHEN HE back, been held greatly in deri
sion, and that among all sorts of people; some do mock and despise him, and scarce will any set him on work. He is now seven times. worse than if he had never gone out of the city.
Chr. But why should they be so set against him, since they also despise the way that he forsook ?
Faith. O, they say, Hang him ! he is a turn-coat, he was not true to his profession! I think God has stirred up even his enemies to hiss at him, and make him a proverb, because he hath forsaken the way.5
Chr. Had you no talk with him, before you came out i
Faith. I met him once in the streets, but he leered away on the other side, as one ashamed of what he had done; so I spake not to him.
Chr. Well, at my first setting out, I had hopes of that man; but now I fear he will perish in the overthrow of the city. For it has happened to him, according to the true proverb, “The dog is THE DOG turned to his vomit again, and the sow that AND SOW. was washed to her wallowing in the mire."6
Faith. These are my fears of him too; but who can hinder that which will be.
Well, neighbour Faithful, said Christian, let us leave him, and talk of things that more immediately concern ourselves. Tell me now what you have met with in the way as you came; for I know you have met with some things, or else it may be writ for a wonder.
Faith. I escaped the Slough that I perceived you fell into, and got up to the Gate without that danger; only I met with one whose name was FAITHFUL ASWanton, that had like to have done me SAULTED BY a mischief.
WANTON. Chr. It was well you escaped her net; Joseph was hard put to it by her, and he escaped her as you did ; but it had like to have cost him his life. But what did she do to you? 5 Jer. xxix. 18, 19. 6 2 Peter, ii. 22. Gen. xxxix. 11–13.