a fold out map from an early edition of Pilgrim’s Progress
Stanley Fish speaks of memorable sentences in his new book, ‘How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One.’
What is it about great sentences that makes them great? Do they not draw you in, carry you to a mountain and drop you at its foot such that you wonder what it might be like to climb up and up to see more?
Here is a great sentence from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress:
“Now he had not run far from his own door, but his Wife and Children, perceiving it, began to cry after him to return;
but the Man out his fingers in his ears, and ran on,