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Q: For Pinkfreud - "I dreamed a dream" ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: For Pinkfreud - "I dreamed a dream"
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: myoarin-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 29 Oct 2006 13:27 PST
Expires: 28 Nov 2006 13:27 PST
Question ID: 778204
No!  Not Martin Luther King Jr. misquoted, nor the verse of a song,
but again, in the opening sentence of a book.
Which one?

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 29 Oct 2006 13:42 PST

The phrase "I dreamed a dream" is part of the opening sentence of John
Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress." Is that what you have in mind?

Clarification of Question by myoarin-ga on 29 Oct 2006 18:16 PST
Yes, but couldn't you have waited just a little longer, so that I
might have thought that you had to think about it first, spent a
little time on a "long and winding path"?  ;-)

At least, I bet you haven't read it a dozen times  - or maybe you have
and can quote it verbatim.

Please post an answer.
Cheers, Myo
Subject: Re: For Pinkfreud - "I dreamed a dream"
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 29 Oct 2006 19:34 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Auggh. "The Pilgrim's Progress" is something with which I am more
familiar than I ever wished to be. Once of my literature professors
loved it to the point of obsession (in fact, he had written his
doctoral dissertation on it). I spent most of a dreary semester
studying and writing about "The Pilgrim's Progress" in 1967. You'd
think I might have forgotten it by now, but apparently it was one of
the morsels that remained in the steel sieve of my mind, even as more
important goodies slipped through the holes.

As you may have gathered, I don't much like "The Pilgrim's Progress."
In the days when I was forced to study it to excess, I was a hidebound
atheist. Some years later I became a devout Christian. I wrongly
assumed that this would change my views on Bunyan, so I reread the
thing. Or at least I started to reread it. About halfway in, I
realized that I'd rather be reading about the big guy with the blue

However, I am pleased to say that I'm very fond of C.S. Lewis's "The
Pilgrim's Regress." And I love Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five,"
whose main character is a fella called Billy Pilgrim. Moreover, I
played a pilgrim lady in a Thanksgiving pageant at Kendall Elementary
School in 1958. ;-)

myoarin-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
I should have known ...  I forgot that you studied literature, and
none of us believes there are any holes in your sieve - at least any
big enough to let a five-letter word slip through.

My apologies for any unpleasant recollections

Thanks and all the best, Myo

Subject: Re: For Pinkfreud - "I dreamed a dream"
From: markvmd-ga on 29 Oct 2006 18:20 PST
*snort*  Myoarin, Pink is having you on. John Bunyan is a fictional
character with that blue ox and whatnot.
Subject: Re: For Pinkfreud - "I dreamed a dream"
From: myoarin-ga on 29 Oct 2006 19:11 PST
That's Paul Bunyan, Mark.  I met him once, the feller of great trees. 
Almost crushed my hand ...
Subject: Re: For Pinkfreud - "I dreamed a dream"
From: pinkfreud-ga on 30 Oct 2006 09:49 PST

Thank you very much for the five stars (I shall place them in my
crown). And a special thanks for your generosity in tipping. This will
keep the kitties in kibble for quite some time.

Regarding the holes in my sieve, they are definitely there. Although a
large body of knowledge still resides in my cranium, bits and pieces
keep falling through the cracks, and I can't control what stays and
what goes. I attribute this to "hardening of the smarteries."


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