"Therefore at this fair are all such merchandise sold, as houses, lands, trades, places, honours, preferments, titles, countries, kingdoms, lusts, pleasures, and delights of all sorts, as whores, bawds, wives, husbands, children, masters, servants, lives, blood, bodies, souls, silver, gold, pearls, precious stones, and what not. And, moreover, at this fair there is at all times to be seen juggling cheats, games, plays, fools, apes, knaves, and rogues, and that of every kind. Here are to be seen, too, and that for nothing, thefts, murders, adulteries, false swearers, and that of a blood-red colour."
Bunyan sets up Vanity Fair as an ungoldy place that one should flee.
Thackeray describes similar activities thoughout his novel but avoids the religious tone. He accepts that man should enjoy some pleasure in this world but condemns man's overindulgence. He gives the example of roast beef: