The Pilgrims Reach the Celestial Gate

Chapter 20

Finally, the Pilgrims enter the country of Beulah, where the sun shines day and night, but first they have to cross a River where there is no bridge; and when Christian attempts to cross, he struggles with thoughts of his past sins until Hopeful encourages him to call on the Lord, as this is a trial.  Once they make their way across, Shinning Ones escort them up a hill and to the Gate, where they present their Certificates to be taken to the King, and they were allowed entrance; and instantly they are transfigured and their clothing is like gold, and they join in the praising of the King.  And here the author sees the Gate close after only a glimpse of the Shinning City, and he last sees Ignorance attempt admittance at the Gate, but as he does not have a Certificate, he is removed and taken to the door to Hell.


  1. I'm so amazed at your steady progress. Your summaries are always well-written.

    Happy Easter!

    Blessings :)

    1. Thank you, Adriana! Happy Easter to you as well. I am not really enjoying PP as much as I thought. I've read it twice already, so this is my third time. Plus, I've read an abridged version with the kids. I am eager to get to the next few books in the list. Thanks for the encouragement; I am serious about catching up with you guys. It may take a year...

  2. I'm really glad that I jumped ship on the auto-biographies (for now). What I gave up (the perfect chronological experience) has been well made up for by the rhetoric partners I have gained. Hashing things out is a blast. And I would never remember some of the words I'm reading if it weren't for Christina's "Classically Mad Usage." When I read CCOM's posts in the morning, I sometimes laugh myself to tears. Honestly, I was more lonely than I realized before when I was trying to plow through the list all alone.

    I do regret that I haven't read the books before The Scarlet Letter. (except DQ) But I know I will go back to them in the future.

    I won't keep twisting your arm. I know jumping ahead is a big decision. At the rate you are going, you'll catch up sooner than you think anyway.

    1. It is so important to have companions to discuss the classics. It reminds me of the Thomas Jefferson model of education: read the classics, write about the classics, and discuss the classics with your mentor.

      Yet, I do want to follow Bauer's list to gain the experience reading and summarizing, but I have time to catch up, especially this summer!