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                                                          Part 23.


   ¶ And I slept, and dreamed again, and saw the same two pilgrims going

   down the mountains along the highway towards the city. Now, a little

   below these mountains, on the left hand, lieth the country of Conceit,

   from which country there comes into the way in which the pilgrims

   walked, a little crooked lane. Here, therefore, they met with a very

   brisk lad that came out of that country, and his name was Ignorance. So




   Christian asked him from what parts he came, and whither he was going.


   Ignorance: Sir, I was born in the country that lieth off there, a

   little on the left hand, and I am going to the Celestial City.


   Christian: But how do you think to get in at the gate, for you may find

   some difficulty there?


   Ignorance: As other good people do, said he.


   Christian: But what have you to show at that gate, that the gate should

   be opened to you?


   Ignorance: I know my Lord's will, and have been a good liver; I pay

   every man his own; I pray, fast, pay tithes, and give alms, and have

   left my country for whither I am going.


   Christian: But thou camest not in at the wicket-gate, that is at the

   head of this way; thou camest in hither through that same crooked lane,

   and therefore I fear, however thou mayest think of thyself, when the

   reckoning-day shall come, thou wilt have laid to thy charge, that thou

   art a thief and a robber, instead of getting admittance into the city.


   Ignorance: Gentlemen, ye be utter strangers to me; I know you not: be

   content to follow the religion of your country, and I will follow the

   religion of mine. I hope all will be well. And as for the gate that you

   talk of, all the world knows that is a great way off of our country. I

   cannot think that any man in all our parts doth so much as know the way

   to it; nor need they matter whether they do or no, since we have, as

   you see, a fine, pleasant, green lane, that comes down from our

   country, the next way into the way.


   ¶ When Christian saw that the man was wise in his own conceit, he said to

   Hopeful whisperingly, "There is more hope of a fool than of him."  Prov.

   26:12. And said, moreover, "When he that is a fool walketh by the way,

   his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

    Eccles. 10:3. What, shall we talk farther with him, or outgo him at

   present, and so leave him to think of what he hath heard already, and

   then stop again for him afterwards, and see if by degrees we can do any

   good to him? Then said Hopeful,



   "Let Ignorance a little while now muse


   On what is said, and let him not refuse


   Good counsel to embrace, lest he remain


   Still ignorant of what's the chiefest gain.


   God saith, those that no understanding have,


   (Although he made them,) them he will not save."


   Hopeful: He further added, It is not good, I think, to say so to him

   all at once; let us pass him by, if you will, and talk to him anon,

   even as he is able to bear it.


   ¶ So they both went on, and Ignorance he came after. Now, when they had

   passed him a little way, they entered into a very dark lane, where they

   met a man whom seven devils had bound with seven strong cords, and were


   carrying him back to the door that they saw on the side of the hill.

    Matt. 12:45; Prov. 5:22. Now good Christian began to tremble, and so

   did Hopeful, his companion; yet, as the devils led away the man,

   Christian looked to see if he knew him; and he thought it might be one

   Turn-away, that dwelt in the town of Apostacy. But he did not perfectly

   see his face, for he did hang his head like a thief that is found; but

   being gone past, Hopeful looked after him, and espied on his back a

   paper with this inscription, "Wanton professor, and damnable apostate."


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