Thursday, April 5, 2012

Part 2: The Pilgrimage of Christiana Begins

Part 2 The Pilgrimage of Christiana, Her Children, and Her Friends

Chapter 21
John Bunyan has yet another dream in which he believes he meets a Mr. Sagacity and together discuss what the people of the City of Destruction say about Christian since his arrival at the Celestial City; and when the author inquires of Christiana, Christian’s wife, Mr. Sagacity tells him that she and her children have gone after him.  He tells Christian how Christiana had a dream where she saw all of her sins, and it caused her to call on God to be merciful toward her; hence a Mr. Secret visits her home knowing that she had a desire to go on to higher places, and he gives her a Certificate as an invitation from the Prince.  Against the sore judgment of her neighbors, except one friend named Mercy, she decides to take her children and leave, along with Mercy who wants to go with her.

Chapter 22
Christiana and Mercy struggle a bit at the Swamp of Despondence, but then continue on until they reach the Narrow Gate where Christiana knocks and knocks until they hear a ferocious dog continuously barking at them.  But Christiana is persistent and knocks louder until the Gate Keeper finally opens up the door and allows Christiana and her children in; unfortunately, he shuts the door on Mercy who becomes frantic and panics and almost bangs down the door to be let in, which the Gate Keeper finally opens up and permits her to come in once he is able to revive her after she had fainted for fear of having been left behind.  Afterward, the Keeper sends them on their way.

Chapter 23
The two women enter the home of the Interpreter who shows them many great things as he did to Christian when he was on his pilgrimage, such as: the farmer with the muckrake, which exposes his sinful mind because heaven is a fable to him, and he would rather spend his time raking up straw, sticks, and dust; also the women learn from the sheep “to suffer and put up with wrong without murmurings and complaints;” and they see the tree whose leaves are good but trunk is rotten, which is man’s heart -good for nothing - because he speaks well of God but does nothing for Him.  At dinner, the Interpreter asks the women to give an account for their pilgrimage, in which they do, and the next day they bath and are given new white linens for clothes and a guide named Great Heart to protect them on the Way.

1 comment:

Christine said...

I remember the second part of PP being even harder to get through than the 1st part. I kept thinking... but we've already done this! You're moving along so swiftly you'll be at the Celestial City (again) in no time.