"those gleams of ghastly fire that darted from Bunyan’s awful doorway in the hill-side"
Public Domain"Then they took him up, and carried him through the air, to the door that I saw in the side of the hill, and put him in there" (1890) - Credit: Frederick Barnard et al

John Bunyan (1628-88) was a Christian preacher and author. His best-known work is The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), an allegorical tale which relates the travails of Christian as he journeys from his home in the City of Destruction to the heavenly Celestial City. His quest leads him and his companion, Hopeful, through the Delectable Mountains, an idyllic landscape of orchards, vineyards and fountains. Whilst here, the resident shepherds show the travelers a door that opens at the base of one of the mountains. The smell of brimstone and smoke issues from its interior, along with the cries of the damned, and the shepherds explain that this is a byway to hell and the destination of hypocrites, blasphemers and liars.

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Illustration of Christian and Hopeful with the shepherds in the Delectable Mountains
Public DomainIllustration of Christian and Hopeful with the shepherds in the Delectable Mountains - Credit: H. Castelli