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Tom received the compliment with becoming modesty, and began to look as affable as was consistent, as John Bunyan says, "with his doggish nature."
Richard Baxter in 1615, John Owen in 1616, John Bunyan in 1628, and John Howe in 1630.
Writing about John Bunyan and his native parish of Elstow, near Bedford, my friend Ronald Blythe discovered another mention of white rooks in some parish records.
If John Bunyan had known my grandmother, he certainly would have introduced her in some of his histories as "the house-keeper whose name was Bountiful", and under her care an ample meal of brown bread and pork and beans was soon set forth on the table in the corner of the kitchen, to which the two hungry Indian women sat down with the appetite of wolves.
She was then scrupulous, timid and superstitious, a mystical, a psychopathic temperament, taking her place all the same with John Bunyan and other chief of sinners whose self-depreciation and absorption in the struggle for salvation from sin and the power of the Devil, though morbid in character was not pathological.