A Story in the Style of John Bunyan
I set my head to rest not many nights ago
And as I slept I dreamed the wind did blow
From a strange land. I looked about to see
What this odd phenomenon could possibly be
There to my surprise I beheld so many things
That I had only read of heretofore; the thought brings
Peace to me, for I was in the land good Christian
Trod when to the Celestial City he set his mission
Finding myself on a hillside overlooking a city, which appeared to be in a very deplorable condition, and seeing also nearby a slough and a gate, I surmised that this must indeed be that same country in which Christian had lived before going on pilgrimage. I stood for some time wondering what would happen and presently an old man came walking along the road that was nearby.
Hoping that he could be of assistance, I approached him and said, “Pardon me, good sir, but would you mind answering a few questions from a stranger to these parts?”
“Of course not!” he answered. “But first, let us at least acquaint each other with who we are. My name is Mr. Sagacity.”
“Then I think my questions are already answered,” I said. I proceeded to introduce myself and then went on, “Is that not the City of Destruction yonder? And over there the Slough of Despond? And beyond it the same Wicket Gate at which Christian and later his wife and children began their pilgrimage?”
“You are not as much of a stranger as you perhaps thought, my friend. I can see that you have benefited from the tales told of Christian and Christiana and their children by John Bunyan in The Pilgrim’s Progress. You will know also that I am that same Mr. Sagacity who told John Bunyan of the start of Christiana on her pilgrimage.
“But come here and sit with me for a time, if you will, for ...1
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