[Milton-L] Eve seeking temptation

Derek Wood dwood at stfx.ca
Sat Oct 10 17:38:22 EDT 2009

Milton says that when the wife is more intelligent, the husband should follow her direction. dw
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From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu on behalf of Marlene Edelstein
Sent: Wed 07-Oct-09 1:38 PM
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Eve seeking temptation

A brilliant suggestion - after all, Eve was the first of the pair to express curiosity about the movement of the heavenly bodies: would Adam have thought to raise the subject if she hadn't first suggested it? Milton must have been aware (I hope) of marrital situations in which the wife was brighter that her husband but had to act subservient to get away with it.


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--- On Wed, 7/10/09, Ernst Oor <eoor at planet.nl> wrote:

	From: Ernst Oor <eoor at planet.nl>
	Subject: [Milton-L] Eve seeking temptation
	To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
	Date: Wednesday, 7 October, 2009, 5:41 PM
	Back from holidays I have been trying to read all the mails in arrears. As one thing keeps coming back in my mind related to the above subject   -though the discussion on Eve's temptation has come to an end - I would like to write it down. My intuition is that Eve, though she may have been physically inferior to Adam - she was created out of Adam - and the average man being physically stronger than the average women in the world as we know it - yet she may have been intellectually his superior - we do not know. Aware of this ( the intellectually stronger almost always is) she may have been seeking inner balance by thinking she could cope with the matter regarding the tree of knowledge (!). So I do not think Eve was seeking temptation but self -assertion! I am sure this is not scholarly enough, yet perhaps worth thinking about.
	Enna Martina.

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