Slough of Despond


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Slough of Despond

bog enmiring and discouraging Christian. [Br. Lit.: Pilgrim’s Progress]
See: Despair
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It has been a difficult week, with the nadir reached with the slough of despond that followed the death of Persian Punch.
For all the sadness of some of the stories, Meier's fresh prose, his eye for history, and his obvious affection for the country keep the reader from sinking into a slough of despond.
In 1993, two life-changing events tilted the see-saw of my life from the clouds (a spectacular love affair) to the Slough of Despond (surgery for a non-cancerous brain tumor, followed by the end of said romance).
The gnarled, quicksilver second movement lacked proper articulation at speed and was more smeared than set forward; throughout, the Guarneri underplayed the dynamic contrasts innate to late Beethoven, and edging into that terrible Slough of Despond, the eternal mezzoforte.
A community that believed the good times had passed it by and left it in a slough of despond found that it could lift its head and reach for the stars.
By the way, I'm in this slough of despond because I have a hole in my roof.
I realize, once again, I have fallen into the slough of despond John Bunyan wrote about in Pilgrim's Progress.
Plodding through Bunyan's Slough of Despond seemed preferable.
Their straightforward embodiments of aspects of human nature and abstract concepts, through such characters as Knowledge, Beauty, Strength, and Death in Everyman and such places as Vanity Fair and the Slough of Despond in The Pilgrim's Progress, are typical examples of the techniques of personification allegory.
I've never been a painter, but in a slough of despond, or when overcome by paralyzing lethargy--for moments, hours, days--psychically wired to the TV set, my only friend, I've had occasion to be an armchair painter, thanks to Mr.
Similar to the Slough of Despond, the No-Molar is comprised of the CEO, the legal department and the service director.
Obstinate remains behind, but Pliable goes with Christian until he deserts him at the Slough of Despond.