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and others call it the College of Contention. It is built on the site of an old castle you may have heard tell of, that belonged to 'Giant Despair,' and was named 'Doubting Castle:' but he was killed, and the place became a ruin some years ago."*
"Oh, yes," said Paul, "we heard of it in our childhood; for the pilgrim 'Christian,' who was once imprisoned there with his friend 'Hopeful,' was my grandfather, and it was at the time of my mother and grandmother's pilgrimage afterwards, that ' Mr. Greatheart,' who was the leader of their party, destroyed both the giant and his dwelling. And can you tell me," continued he, "who lives in the present building?"
Dame. There are many together—a sort of community, but the two that are most known amongst them are Mr. Newmode and Mr. Prosy: the latter was absent for some time, sojourning in the Plains of Prohibition; and the other, though considered a good man, has been deluded away from his home by one Peter Romius, who lives a long way from here. Perhaps you have heard of him, too?
"I have both heard of and seen him, as I have
• See " Pilgrim's Progress," 1st and 2d Parts.
reason to remember," said Luke; "for he endeavoured to delude me away too."
"Well, to be sure!" exclaimed the woman: "But I've heard he has persuaded many a good man" to follow after, and abide with him; the mores the pity! There was one, though, who went and stayed with him for a time, and then left him and returned home to his mother's house; and quite right he was, in my mind, not to be ashamed to own he had been deceived, but, when he found himself in error, to retrace his steps homewards like the prodigal son."
Now I saw in my dream that the travellers, after remunerating the good woman for their meal, once more set forward; and had not walked far when they came to that pleasant river on this side the "Delectable Mountains," and were all (especially Grace) charmed with the sweet and tranquil, yet cheerful, scene it presented. Many trees, some tall and slender, and bending forward as if to view themselves in the stream; others of the shrub kind, fragrant with blossom, and of various tints of green, fringed its high banks. Moreover, they saw three or four pleasure-boats moored clo|gv to them, which looked so inviting that they simultaneously felt a desire to embark in one, and addressing a waterman
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whom they met on the shore, they inquired "how far the river was navigable, and in what direction it Howed?"
The man, whose name was Good-Conscience, and owner of a vessel called the Peace-of-Mind, informed them, "that it was available for many miles, and ran nearly to the foot of the Delectable Mountains, afterwards winding a good way beyond them, till there came a deep rapid, which was not considered safe for boats."
"Then," said Paul, "as that is the way we are going, we will engage a passage as far as the mountains, if you will land us there."
So they soon agreed for the fare, and all stepped on board the Peace-of-Mind, which they found a wellbuilt, clean, and comfortable little vessel. A gentle southern breeze just rippled the water, causing it to glitter in the sun-beams like silver; and the woodlark's melodious note was heard at a short distance.
They asked their boatmen the name of this river, and whether many pilgrims went on it.
"It is named the river of Spiritual Life," replied he, "and runs at last into the great ocean of Eternity. Many pilgrims have at various time sailed on it, but some few are afraid to venture, because