Some time after Bunyan left the army, and while he was still very young, he married.
These two books Bunyan read with his wife, picking up again the art of reading, which he had been taught at school, and which he had since almost forgotten.
Bunyan himself tells us the story of this long fight in a book called Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners.
In the same year as Bunyan lost his friend his wife too died, and he was left alone with four children, two of them little girls, one of whom was blind.
And now Bunyan's friends found out his great gift of speech.
It was while Cromwell ruled that Bunyan began this ministry.
Thus Bunyan's long imprisonment of twelve years began.
Seeing there was no help for it, Bunyan set himself bravely to endure his imprisonment.
In the form of a dream Bunyan tells, as you know, the story of Christian who set out on his long and difficult pilgrimage from the City of Destruction to the City of the Blest.
For the power of imagination this writer places Bunyan by the side of Milton.
On the other hand, Bunyan's writing is most simple.
Bunyan wrote a second part or sequel to the Pilgrim's Progress, in which he tells of the adventures of Christian's wife and children on their way to Zion.
In Grace Abounding Bunyan tells of his own struggle with evil, and it is from that book that we learn much of what we know of his life.
Bunyan, too, wrote a good deal of rime, but for the most part it can hardly be called poetry.
When Bunyan had been in prison for six years he was set free, but as he at once began to preach he was immediately seized and reimprisoned.