Paradise_Lost_Book_9 - Paradise Lost BOOK 9 THE ARGUMENT...

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BOOK 9 THE ARGUMENT Satan having compassed the Earth, with meditated guile returns as a mist by Night into Paradise, enters into the Serpent sleeping. Adam and Eve in the Morning go forth to their labors, which Eve proposes to divide in several places, each laboring apart: Adam consents not, alleging the danger, lest that Enemy, of whom they were forewarned, should attempt her found alone: Eve loath to be thought not circumspect or firm enough, urges her going apart, the rather desirous to make trial of her strength; Adam at last yields: The Serpent finds her alone; his subtle approach, first gazing, then speaking, with much flattery extolling Eve above all other Creatures. Eve wondering to hear the Serpent speak, asks how he attained to human speech and such understanding not till now; the Serpent answers, that by tasting of a certain Tree in the Garden he attained both to Speech and Reason, till then void of both: Eve requires him to bring her to that Tree, and finds it to be the Tree of Knowledge forbidden: The Serpent now grown bolder, with many wiles and arguments induces her at length to eat; she pleased with the taste deliberates a while whether to impart thereof to Adam or not, at last brings him of the Fruit, relates what persuaded her to eat thereof: Adam at first amazed, but perceiving her lost, resolves through vehemence of love to perish with her; and extenuating the trespass, eats also of the Fruit: The Effects thereof in them both; they seek to cover their nakedness; then fall to variance and accusation of one another. N O more of talk where God or Angel Guest With Man, as with his Friend, familiar used To sit indulgent, and with him partake Rural repast, permitting him the while Venial 1 discourse unblamed: I now must change [ 5 ] Those Notes to Tragic; foul distrust, and breach Disloyal on the part of Man, revolt, And disobedience: On the part of Heav'n Now alienated, distance and distaste, Anger and just rebuke, and judgment given, [ 10 ] That brought into this World a world of woe, Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery Deaths Harbinger: Sad task, yet argument Not less but more Heroic then the wrath Of stern Achilles on his foe pursued [ 15 ] Thrice Fugitive about Troy Wall 2 ; or rage Of Turnus for Lavinia disespoused 3 , Or Neptune's ire or Juno's , that so long Perplexed the Greek 4 and Cytherea’s Son 5 ; If answerable style I can obtain [ 20 ] 1 Mistaken; erroneous without being blameworthy or sinful. For example, in book 8, Raphael tells Adam it is a mistake to be overconcerned with matters of no concern to him, but this mistake is nevertheless blameless ( 8.65-75 and 167-178 ). Error, in Paradise, is not equivalent to sin. Sin is disobedience. 2
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