KnightCassy by Hesba Stretton.


Young Cassy set forth from her forest camp alone and made a dear friend of a crippled man. She found employment with a rather odd family in London and met a grandfather convinced he is a character in The Pilgrims Progress. Cassy passionately searched for the truth about God's existence.—Curiosmith (2010)

The close of the little tale is of the most exquisitely touching kind, and the narrative, while free and graceful, is really of the most compressed and masterly character.—Nonconformist (1876).

It is very fresh and simple. We thank Miss Stretton for another treat, as real to grown-up people as to children.—Church Herald (1876).

Will doubtless become a great favorite.—Rock (1879)

 An excerpt from Cassy:

"Ay, can I," he replied; "I've heard it often and often. They say God Almighty loved us men in this world so much He sent His only Son from heaven to be a man like us-live like us, you know-like a common man; and die for us, at the end of all, upon the Cross, so that if we trust in Him we shall go to heaven when we die. That's what Jesus Christ came to do."

"Why," exclaimed Cassy, "that's the King's pilgrim name!"

"Ay," continued Simon, slowly and reluctantly, "that's what they mean by going on pilgrimage. We are to try to be like what Jesus Christ was when He was a man like us. It's harder than going on real pilgrimage. I'd ten times sooner go through anything, if there was a real Golden City at the end of all, than set up to be like Jesus Christ."

"Can you tell me all about Him?" asked Cassy in a less mournful tone. "I've heard somethin' in the Union, and the old master used to call Him his King. Tell me all you know about Him."


  • Chapter 1 — On the Forest
  • Chapter 2 — Mr. Simon
  • Chapter 3 — Good Words
  • Chapter 4 — London Bridge
  • Chapter 5 — Cassy's First Place
  • Chapter 6 — In the Land of Beulah
  • Chapter 7 — The Valley of the Shadow
  • Chapter 8 — The King's Pilgrim-Name
  • Chapter 9 — A Mysterious Disappearance
  • Chapter 10 — The Messenger
  • Chapter 11 — A Deserted House
  • Chapter 12 — A Pauper's Funeral
  • Chapter 13 — Cassy's New Master
  • Chapter 14 — At Home in the Caravan
  • Chapter 15 — Is It True?
  • Chapter 16 — Lost Burdens
  • Chapter 17— A Short Pilgrimage
  • Chapter 18 — Going into the City
  • Chapter 19 — Simon's House


  • Cassy — a young girl, the main character.
  • Mr. Simon — a disabled man who lives in a wooden mobile van.
  • Bijo — Cassy's dog.
  • Mr. Tilly — The owner of the Elysian Shaving Saloon.
  • Mrs. Tilly — The woman who employed Cassy and read novels.
  • Master Alfred Fitzgerald Tilly — The child of the Tillys.
  • Old Tilly — the grandfather who talks about the Pilgrim's Progress.
  • Matty — A little girl who joins up with Simon and Cassy.

Important Scriptures:

  • Matthew 1:21—And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for
  • he shall save his people from their sins.
  • John 14:2—In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told
  • you. I go to prepare a place for you.
  • Luke 23:34a—Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
  • Mark 9:24b—Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
  • Psalms 145:9—The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
  • Psalm 23:4—Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no
  • evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
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