He resolved to stand his ground

In only a little while he saw a foul Fiend coming over the field to meet him, whose name is Apollyon. Then Christian begin to be afraid, and to wonder whether he should go back or stand his ground. But he considered again that he had no Armor for his back, and because of that, he realized that to turn back might give Apollyon the greater advantage to pierce him with his Darts. Therefore he resolved to venture on and stand his ground. For, thought Pilgrim, it would be the best way to stand.

— John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress

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