Excerpt from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress The text of this edition corresponds as closely as possible to that of the last edition issued by Bunyan himself. To this end, the facsimile reprint of the first edition has been collated throughout with Offor's variorum. But spelling and punctuation have been consistently modernized in every point that is t significant. Thus obsolete spellings such as shew, and mere idiosyncrasies of punctuation, t involving the structure of the sentence, have been changed to conform to present use; but obsolete inflections and syntax, with all their inconsistencies, have been carefully retained. For these latter have a twofold significance: they are documents both for the history of the language and for the style of Bunyan. Two other changes adapt this edition to its particular use. Bunyan's marginal explanations, though they are sometimes racy, are w quite superfluous for people accustomed to read currently; and the marginal references to the Bible are equally superfluous for a generation well supplied with concordances. Moreover these marginal tes, if indeed they were used, might be a distraction, instead of a help, in the school study of literature. Therefore they have been omitted. The general object of the critical apparatus is that of all school editions, - to help students understand and appreciate. The particular methods are, first, to group the tes under a few distinct aspects, and, secondly, to stimulate, rather than preclude, reflection and study. The facility with which the memorizing of a few facts and a few adjectives may satisfy perfunctory tests still warns us to make the study of literature both serious to the whole class and significant to the individual. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.