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there were any Pilgrims in it, to set them at liberty, before they went any farther. So one said one thing, and another said the contrary. One questioned if it was lawful to go upon unconsecrated ground; another said they might, provided their end was good; but Mr. Great-heart said, Though that assertion offered last cannot be universally true, yet I have a commandment to resist sin, to overcome evil, to fight the good fight of faith ; and, I pray, with whom should I fight this good fight, if not with Giant Despair ? I will therefore attempt the taking away of his life, and the demolishing of Doubting Castle. Then said he, Who will go with me? Then said old Honest, I will. And so will we too, said Christiana's four sons, Matthew, Samuel, Joseph, and James, for they were young men, and strong. So they left the women in the road, and with them Mr. Feeble-mind, and Mr. Ready-tohalt, with his crutches, to be their guard until they came back; for in that place the Giant Despair dwelt so near, they keeping in the road, “ A little child might lead them.”
So Mr. Great-heart, old Honest, and the four young men, went to go up to Doubting Castle, to look for Giant Despair. When they came at the Castle Gate, they knocked for entrance with an unusual noise. At that the old Giant comes to the gate, and Diffidence his wife follows. Then said he, Who and what is he that is so hardy, as after this manner to molest the Giant Despair ? Mr. Great-heart replied, It is I, Great-heart, one of the King of the Celestial Country's Conductors of Pilgrims to their place; and I
? 1 John ii. 13, 14.
3 Isa, xi. 6.
demand of thee that thou open thy gates for my entrance; prepare thyself also to fight, for I am come to take away thy head, and to demolish Doubting Castle.
Now Giant Despair, because he DESPAIR HAS OVERwas a Giant, thought no man could overcome him ; and again, thought he, since heretofore I have made a conquest of Angels, shall Greatheart make me afraid ? So he harnessed himself, and went out. He had a cap of steel upon his head, a breast-plate of fire girded to him, and he came out in iron shoes, with a great club in his hand. Then these six men made up to him, and beset him behind and before; also, when Diffidence the Giantess came up to help him, old Mr. Honest cut her down at one blow. Then they fought for their lives, and Giant Despair was brought down to the ground, but was very loth to die ; he struggled hard, and had, as they say, as many lives as a cat; but Great-heart was his death, for he left him not till he had severed his head from his shoulders.
Then they fell to demolishing Doubt- DOUBTING CASTLE ing Castle, and that, you know, might with ease be done, since Giant Despair was dead. They were seven days in destroying of that; and in it, of Pilgrims, they found one Mr. Despondency, almost starved to death, and one Much-afraid, his daughter; these two they saved alive. But it would have made you a-wondered to have seen the dead bodies that lay here and there in the Castle Yard, and how full of dead men's bones the dungeon was.
DESPAIR IS LOTH
When Mr. Great-heart and his companions had performed this exploit, they took Mr. Despondency and his daughter Much-afraid into their protection ; for they were honest people, though they were prisoners in Doubting Castle to that tyrant Giant Despair. They therefore, I say, took with them the head of the Giant, (for his body they had buried under a heap of stones,) and down to the road and to their companions they came, and shewed them what they had done. Now, when Feeble-mind and Ready-to-halt saw that it was the head of Giant Despair, indeed they were veryjocund
and merry. Now Christiana, if need AND DANCING for was, could play upon the viol, and
her daughter Mercy upon the lute;
THEY HAVE MUSIC
since they were so merry disposed, she played them a lesson, and Ready-to-halt would dance. So he took Despondency's daughter, Much-afraid, by the hand,
and to dancing they went in the road. True, he could not dance without one crutch in his hand ; but I promise you he footed it well; also the girl was to be commended, for she answered the music handsomely. I
As for Mr. Despondency, the music was not so much to him; he was for feeding rather than dancing, for that he was almost starved. So Christiana
him some of her bottle of spirits for present relief, and then prepared him something to eat; and in little time the old gentleman came to himself, and began to be finely revived.
Now I saw in my dream, when all these things were finished, Mr. Great-heart took the head of Giant Despair, and set it upon a pole by the highway-side, right over against the pillar that Christian erected, for a caution to Pilgrims that came after, to take heed of entering into his grounds.
Then he writ under it, upon a marble stone, these verses following:
This is the head of him whose name only
A MONUMENT OF
When these men had thus bravely shewed themselves against Doubting Castle, and had slain Giant Despair, they went forward, and went on till they came to the Delectable Mountains, where Christian
and Hopeful refreshed themselves with the varieties of the place. They also acquainted themselves with the Shepherds there, who welcomed them, as they had done Christian before, unto the Delectable Mountains.
Now the Shepherds, seeing so great a train follow Mr. Great-heart, (for with him they were well acquainted,) they said unto him, Good Sir, you have got a goodly company here; pray where did you find all these?
Then Mr. Great-heart replied :
First here is Christiana and her train,
From sin to grace, else they had not been here. .
Ready-to-halt too, who, I dare engage,
Then said the Shepherds, This is a
comfortable company! You are wel. come to us, for we have for the feeble as well as for the strong; our Prince has an eye to what is done to the least of these. Therefore infirmity must not be a block to our entertainment. So they had them to the Palace-door, and then said unto them, Come in, Mr. Feeble-mind; come in, Mr. Ready-to-halt; come in, Mr. Despondency, and Mrs. Much-afraid, his daughter. These, Mr. Great-heart, said the Shepherds to
4 Matt. xxv. 40.