John Bunyan draws Pilgrim's Progress to a rather unexpected and alarming conclusion by giving us a picture of Ignorance fumbling at the gate of the city for his certificate and finding none. At the command of the King the two shining ones bound him hand and foot and thrust him through the door in the side of the hill. "Then I saw that there was a way to hell even from the gates of heaven, as well as from the City of Destruction."
I held it truth with him that sings,
To one clear harp in divers tones,
That men may rise on stepping stones
Of their dead selves to higher things.—Alfred, Lord Tennyson
(Acts 13. 13; 15. 37, 38; 2 Tim. 4. 11).