And perhaps in all the Faery Queen you will find nothing so real and exciting as Christian's fight with Apollyon. Apollyon comes from a Greek word meaning the destroyer.
His name is Apollyon. Then did Christian begin to be afraid and to cast in his mind whether to go back or to stand his ground.
After this Apollyon argued with Christian, trying to persuade him to give up his pilgrimage and return to his evil ways.
"Don't you know Apollyon, Christian's old enemy, with whom he fought so fierce a battle in the Valley of Humiliation?
Apollyon also entered heartily into the fun, and contrived to flirt the smoke and flame of the engine, or of his own breath, into their faces, and envelop them in an atmosphere of scalding steam.
The respectable Apollyon was now putting on the steam at a prodigious rate, anxious, perhaps, to get rid of the unpleasant reminiscences connected with the spot where he had so disastrously encountered Christian.
He may be stern; he may be exacting; he may be ambitious yet; but his is the sternness of the warrior Greatheart, who guards his pilgrim convoy from the onslaught of Apollyon
. His is the exaction of the apostle, who speaks but for Christ, when he says--"Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me." His is the ambition of the high master-spirit, which aims to fill a place in the first rank of those who are redeemed from the earth--who stand without fault before the throne of God, who share the last mighty victories of the Lamb, who are called, and chosen, and faithful.
She crept through the bars of the gate and walked on with new spirit, though not without haunting images of Apollyon, and a highwayman with a pistol, and a blinking dwarf in yellow with a mouth from ear to ear, and other miscellaneous dangers.
"What ails our friend?" said Aramis, "he resembles one of Dante's damned, whose neck Apollyon
has dislocated and who are ever looking at their heels.
``A legion of fiends have occupied the bosom of the Jewess,'' replied the Templar; ``for, I think no single one, not even Apollyon
himself, could have inspired such indomitable pride and resolution.
"What fun it was, especially going by the lions, fighting Apollyon
, and passing through the valley where the hob-goblins were," said Jo.