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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Outline of "Pilgrim's Progress," Chapter 11

This spring, the 5th and 6th grade boys Writing & Literature class I am tutoring will be reading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. In preparation for this class, I am re-re-reading the book and constructing a detailed outline for each chapter as I read. The following outline is for Chapter 11 (in the 1991 Tyndale House Edition).

I. In the Plain Called Ease

A. Description of Ease:
1. Lovely,
2. Small.

B. Description of Lucre:
1. A small hill,
2. At the far side of the plain,
3. Containing a Silver-mine,
4. The ground of the hill is untrustworthy, causing many to fall down into the mine with the result of great injury or death.

II. The Appeal of Demas

A. Demas beckons the pilgrims to the Mine.

B. Hopeful wishes to go, but Christian warns him of the danger involved.

C. Demas protests that he, too, is a son of Abraham.

D. Christian reveals that Demas is the son of Judas and grandson of Gehazi.

E. Christian and Hopeful pass on.

F. By-ends and his friends follow after Demas, and are never seen again.

III. The Pillar of Lot's Wife

A. The Pilgrims discover the Pillar.

B. Hopeful repents of his foolishness in being enticed by the Mine.

C. Hopeful notes that the Pillar should "be both a caution and example."

D. The pilgrims reflect on the hard-heartedness of Demas and his friends, since the Pillar is visible from Lucre.

IV. The River of God: The pilgrims travel alongside a pleasant River, receiving needed food, rest, and healing.

V. Temptation to Leave the Rough Way:

A. The Way veers away from the River.

B. The Way becomes rough, and the pilgrims decide to hop a fence and travel in a pleasant Meadow, which appears to run alongside the Way.

VI. In By-path Meadow

A. The pilgrims meet Vain-confidence, who says he is also travelling to the Celestial City.

B. Night falls and Vain-confidence falls in a pit, where he dies.

C. A dreadful storm comes, bringing a flood.

D. Christian repents of leaving the Way and asks for Hopeful's forgiveness.

E. Hopeful insists on leading the way, facing the danger.

F. The pilgrims hear a voice, beckoning them to return the way that they came.

G. The pilgrims brave the flood, seeking to return to the Way, but cannot find it in the dark, so they must take refuge for the night in a small shelter.

VII. Seized by Giant Despair

A. Giant Despair from Doubting Castle catches the pilgrims trespassing on his property.

B. The Giant throws them into a dark, foul dungeon inside his castle, where they are kept without food or water from Wednesday morning to Saturday night.

VIII. Distrust's Persuasions

A. Thursday: at the prompting of his wife (Distrust), Despair ridicules the pilgrims and beats them mercilessly with a wooden club.

B. Friday:
1. Again following Distrust's advise, Despair counsels the pilgrims to commit suicide; he leaves them a knife, a rope, and some poison.
2. The pilgrims beg to be freed:
a. Despair rushes at them with murderous intent;
b. He is only prevented from killing them due to a bout of epilepsy, and affliction from which he often suffers during sunny weather.
3. The pilgrims consider the possibility of suicide.

IX. Hopeful Refuses to Abandon All Hope

A. Christian desires to commit suicide.

B. Hopeful cautions Christian against suicide, for:
1. Their Lord has forbidden murder;
2. Suicide is murder;
3. All murderers will certainly go to Hell.

C. Hopeful further asserts that they may find a way of escape, for the Giant may:
1. Die,
2. Forget to lock them in,
3. Have another seizure in their presence.

D. The Giant returns and again angrily counsels suicide, and Christian wants to follow his advice; Hopeful encourages him to pay no heed to the giant, reminding Christian of:
1. The past trials over which Christian has already persevered;
2. The presence of Hopeful with him in his trials;
3. The shame that he will bring upon the name of "Christian" if he does commit suicide.

E. Saturday morning:
1. Again following Distrust's advice, Despair takes the pilgrims out of the dungeon and into his courtyard to show them the bones of all the pilgrims he has previously killed;
2. Despair tells the pilgrims that he will kill them before ten days have passed;
3. Despair kicks and beats the pilgrims all the way back down into their cell.

X. Remembering the Key of Promise

A. At midnight on Saturday, after the pilgrims pray, Christian chastises himself for being a fool, since he remembers that he has a key called Promise.

B. The pilgrims are sure that the key will open the lock, and they resolve to try it immediately.

XI. Escape from Doubting Castle

A. The key opens:
1. Their cell door,
2. The dungeon door,
3. The gate of the Castle.

B. The Giant attempts pursuit, but has a seizure, and so the pilgrims are able to return to the King's High-way, outside of Despair's jurisdiction.

C. The pilgrims build a monument at the place where they had crossed into By-path Meadow, to warn other travelers of Giant Despair.



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