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slough of despond

A state of severe depression. The phrase originated in John Bunyan's 17th-century novel A Pilgrim's Progress. I started going to therapy once I felt myself slipping into the slough of despond.
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This is an allusion to John Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress, in which Christian must be helped out of the Slough of Despond to make his way to the Celestial City.
Godfrey's private Slough of Despond recalls the collective image of a weaver as "a figure bent under a heavy bag", a "mysterious burden", on the first page of the novel, which makes the "alien-looking men" look like the devil's disciples to the villagers but like Christian to the reader.
For example, after falling in the Slough of Despond, Pliable returns to the comforts of the City of Destruction, but Christian "endeavor[s] to struggle" toward the Wicket Gate and accepts the assistance of Help (15).
Briscoe, editor of "Vitalizing Music History Teaching" contributed an interesting article on teaching strategies titled " Avoiding the Slough of Despond, or, Teaching by Touchstone.
God alone knows the day and the hour when that will at length be, which he is ever threatening; meanwhile, thus much comfort do we gain from what has been hitherto--not to despond, not to be dismayed, not to be anxious at the trouble which encompass us.
Matlock confides that he began his book in the slough of despond, but now "a new day is dawning" buoying him with "encouragement and hope.
It was in that slough of despond, from 1978 to '81, that I experienced my adult conversion that turned me into that rarest of birds: a born-again Episcopalian who, because he actually believed the creed, attended an orthodox Anglican parish and devoured the works of C.
attempts to struggle out of the slough of despond, to reverse by an act
She was eventually coached out of the slough of despond into which she had descended by the personal intervention of John Wesley, but she was never entirely content.
It's now summer and the Slough of Despond is history.
And these maps not only show the moral world of the story but also summarize its narrated action: In my own copy, Christian, the everyman protagonist, begins on the bottom far-right-hand side of one page at the City of Destruction and proceeds through Vanity Fair and the Slough of Despond all the way to the Delectable Mountains and the Place of Deliverance, on the top of the facing page.
Somewhere between the swamp of humanism, the quicksand of hard sf, and the slough of despond.
Having last year falsely prophesied the Globe's emergence from its slough of despond, one can only keep the faith.
Over the past 20 years local initiatives and government money have helped establish new industrial zones for a range of light industries and services, but it is still an area where islands of prosperity are surrounded by sloughs of despond.
It's not a laughing matter, of course, it's a shame to see Newcastle United slump further into the slough of despond.