1Satan's speech on Mt. Niphates is one of the first times that a sense of pity for Satan is evokedfrom the reader, as his remorse seems not only genuine, but also desperateSatan admits that his core characteristics, "pride and worse ambition" was the cause of his downfall (iv.40). A being possessing these qualities may find it hard to be humble and give gratitude, yet Satan insists that, "What could be less than afford him praise, the easiest recompense, and pay him in thanks" (iv.46-47).However, in the following lines Satan's actual feelings about his "debt" become apparent, "lifted up so high I sdained subjection, and thought one step higher would set me highest, andin a moment quit the debt immense of endless gratitude, so burthensome still paying, still to owe" (iv.49-53).The words "debt" and "owe" reinforce the burden placed upon Satan to "quit" or pay the Father back for his goodness. Satan uses the words "immense" and "endless" in his rhetoric to remind himself of the vastness of the gratitude that he owed and the impossibility of his self to give it.Satan embarks on a search for an answer to his misery. He continuously refers to the imagery of depth, "and in the lowest deep a lower deep still threatening to devour me opens wide, to which the hell I suffer seems a heav'n", as the metaphorical antithesis to the heights of greatness that he once dwelled (iv.76-78).He acknowledges his real intent and knows that he will not be able to ever reside peacefully in heaven again. He goes so far as to say, "a worse relapse and heavier fall" would occur because of his "wounds of hate" that would prevent "true reconcilement." Satan again uses theimages of height and depth in his rhetoric only to emphasize the pain of the fall he has already endured and the horrible vastness of perhaps another fall.