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Now by this time they were come within sight of the town of Vanity, where Vanity-Fair is kept. So when they saw that they were so near the town, they consulted with one another how they should pass through the town: and some said one thing, and some another. At last Mr. Great-heart said, ‘I have, as you may understand, often been a Conductor of Pilgrims through § town : now I am acquainted with one Mr. Mnason, a Cyprusian by nation, and an old disciple, at whose house we may lodge. If you think good,” said he, *we will turn in there. “Content,” said old Honest; ‘Content,” said Christiana; “Content,” said Mr. Feeble-mind; and so they said all. Now you must think it was even-tide by that they got to the outside of the town; but Mr. Great-heart knew the way to the old man's house. So thither they came ; and he called at the door, and the old man within knew his tongue so soon as ever he heard it : so he opened, and they all came in. Then said Mnason, their host, ‘How far have ye come to-day P” So they said, “From the house of Gaius our friend.” “I promise you,' said he, “you have gone a good stich ; you may well be weary; sit down.” So they sat down. Then said their Guide, ‘Come, what cheer, good Sirs ; I' dare say you are welcome to my friend.” ‘I also,” said Mr. Mnason, “do bid you welcome ; and whatever you want, do but say, and we will do what we can to get it for you.” on. Our great want, a while since, was harbour and good company, .# now I hope we have both. Jinas. For harbour, you see what it is ; but for good company, that will appear in the trial. ‘Well,” said Mr. Great-heart, “will you have the Pilgrims into their lodging Fo ‘I will,’ said Mr. Mnason. So he had them to their respective places; and also shewed them a very fair dining room, where they might be, and sup together, until time was come to go to rest. o Now when they were set in their places, and were a little cheery after their journey, Mr. Honest asked his landlord, if there were any store of good people in the town P JMnas. We have a few ; for indeed they are but a few, when compared with them on the other side. * Hon. But how shall we do to see some of them : for the sight of good men, to them that are going on pilgrimage, is
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like to the appearing of the moon and stars to them that are going a journey. (m Then Mr. Mnason stamped with his foot, and his daughter Grace came up : so he said unto her, ‘Grace, go you, tell my friends, Mr. Contrite, Mr. Holy-man, Mr. Love-saints, Mr. Dare-not-lie, and Mr. Penitent, that I have a friend or two at my house, that have a mind this evening to see them.” So Grace went to call them, and they came ; and, after salutation made, they sat down together at the table. Then said Mr. Mnason, their landlord, “My neighbours, I have, as you see, a company of strangers come to my house: they are Pilgrims: they come from afar, and are going to Mount Zion. But who,” quoth he, “do you think this is P’ (pointing his fingers at Christiana.). “It is Christiana, the wife of Christian, that famous Pilgrim, who with Faithful his brother, were so shamefully handled in our town.”—At that they stood amazed, saying, ‘We little thoughts to see Christiana, when Grace came to call us ; wherefore this is a very comfortable surprize.” Then they asked her about her welfare, and if these young men were her husband's sons. And when she had told them they were, they said, “The King, whom you love and serve, make you as your father, and bring you where he is in peace.” Then Mr. Honest, when they were all sat down, asked Mr. Contrite, and the rest, in what posture their town was at present. Contr. You may be sure we are full of hurry in fair-time. It is hard keeping our hearts and spirits in good order, when we are in a cumbered condition. He that lives in such a place as this, and that has to do with such as we have, has need of an item, to caution him to take heed every moment of the day. Hon. But how are your neighbours now for quietness P Contr. They are much more moderate now than formerly. You know how Christian and Faithful were used at our town: but of late, I say, they have been far more moderate. I think the blood of Faithful lieth with load upon them till now ; for since they burned him, they have been ashamed to burn any more : in those days we were afraid to walk the
(n) Even in those populous cities, where vanity most prevails, and where persecution at some seasons has most raged, a remnant of real Christians generally reside; and believers will in every place inquire after such persons and associate with them." * Psa, exix, 63. 1 Jahn iii. 14,
308 What the Pilgrims had met with.
streets, but now we can shew our heads. Then the name of
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Then said Mr. Feeble-mind, ‘I found this true, to my cost and comfort: to my cost, when he threatened to pick my bones every moment ; and to my comfort, when I saw Mr. Great-heart and his friends, with their weapons, approach so near for my deliverance.” Then said Mr. Holy-man, ‘There are two things that they have need to be possessed of, that go on Pilgrimage; courage, and an unspotted life. If they have not courage, they can never hold on their way; and §their lives be loose, they will make the very name of a Pilgrim stink.” Then said Mr. Love-saint, “I hope this caution is not needful among you : but truly there are many that go upon the road, that rather declare themselves strangers to pilgrimage, than strangers and Pilgrims in the earth.” Then said Mr. Dare-not-lie, ‘It is true, they neither have the Pilgrim’s weed, nor the Pilgrim's courage : they go not upri . but all awry, with their feet: one shoe goeth inward, another outward, and their hosen out behind ; here a rag, and there a rent, to the disparagement of their Lord.” *These things,’ said Mr. Penitent, “they ought to be troubled for ; nor are the Pilgrims like to have that grace upon them and their Pilgrim’s progress, as they desire, until the way is cleared of such spots and blemishes.” us they sat talking and spending the time until supper was set upon the table. Unto which they went, and refreshed their weary bodies; so they went to rest. Now they staid in the Fair a great while, at the house of Mr. Mnason, who, in process of time, gave his daughter Grace unto Samuel, Christiana's son, ...i his daughter Martha to Joseph. The time, as I said, that they lay here was long : for it was not now as in former times. Wherefore the à. grew acquainted with many of the good people of the town, and did them what service they could. Mercy, as she was wont, laboured much for the poor; wherefore their bellies and backs blessed her, and she was there an ornament to her Koi." And, to say the truth for Grace, Phebe, and artha, they were all of a very good nature, and did much ood in their places. They were also all of them very fruitful; so that Christian's name, as was said before, was like to live in the world. While they lay here, there came a Monster out of the woods, and slew many of the people of the town. It would also carry away their children, and teach them to suck its
whelps. Now no man in the town durst so much as face this Monster; but all men fled when they heard of the noise of his coming. The Monster was like unto no one beast upon the earth ; its body was “like a dragon, and it had seven heads and ten horns.” It made great havoc of children, and yet it was governed by a woman. This Monster proo conditions to men; and such men as loved their ives more than their souls, accepted of those conditions. Now Mr. Great-heart, together with these who came to visit the Pilgrims at Mr. Mnason's house, entered into a covenant to go and engage this beast, if perhaps they might deliver the people . town from the paws and mouth of this so devouring a serpent. Then did Mr. Great-heart, Mr. Contrite, Mr. Holy-man, Mr. Dare-not-lie, and Mr. Penitent, with their weapons go forth to meet him. Now the Monster, at first, was very rampant, and looked upon these enemies with great disdain; but they so hi. being sturdy men at arms, that" they made him make a retreat ; so they came home to Mr. Mnason's house again. The Monster, you must know, had his certain seasons to come out in, and to make his attempts upon the children of the people of the town; also these seasons did these valiant worthies watch him in, and did continually assault him ; insomuch that in process of time he became not only wounded, but lame ; also he had not made the havoc of the townsmen’s children as formerly he has done. And it is verily believed by some, that this beast will certainly die of his wounds. This therefore made Mr. Great-heart and his fellows of great fame in this town ; so that many of the people, that wanted their taste of things, yet had a reverend esteem and respect
for them. Upon this account therefore it was, that these .
pilgrims got not much hurt here. True, there were some of the baser sort, that could see no more than a mole, nor understand more than a beast; these had no reverence for. these men, nor took they notice of their valour and adventures. (0)
* Rev. xii. 3.
(o) This seems to refer to the prevalence of popery for sometime before the revolution in 1988; by which many nominal protestants were drawn aside, and numbers of children educated in the principles of that dark superstition. The favour or frown of the Prince and his Party operated so powerfully, that worldly men in general yielded to the imposition; but several persons among the non-conformists, as well as in the established church,