[Milton-L] Re prelaps seasons: when is a question a good one?

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Fri Jan 8 15:35:14 EST 2010

Dario, This is not a "nod" by Milton. Satan is just playing dumb. He wants
her to restate the rules and perhaps notice the arbitrariness. It's
significant that she never mentions the reason for the prohibition, although
Adam has explained it and she approved of it as "just and right" (4.443).


On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM, Dario Rivarossa
<dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>wrote:

> Once again, there can be in PL a reference to Dante "plus" a modern
> approach that conveys a more complex insight --- the outcome being sometimes
> a bit contradictory, because Milton wants to save too many goats and too
> many cabbages.
> On the other hand, Dante's Eden, that is placed on top of the mount of
> Purgatory, looks even more contradictory because it enjoys a "never-ending
> Spring" though it belongs to our current post-lapsarian Earth. Just a sort
> of miracle can grant its unnatural condition, in fact.
> As for Milton, he often adds personal episodes to the previous tellings,
> but at the same time he tries to keep any recorded detail in his own text,
> and that's where the cocktail sometimes doesn't work.
> E.g. in PL 9.656-657 the Satan-Serpent ask Eve, "Indeed? Hath God said that
> if the fruit / Of all these garden trees ye shall not eat?", as he does in
> the Bible, BUT Milton here forgets that just few lines before, v. 620, Eve -
> unlike in Genesis - had already told the Tempter, "in such abundance lies
> our choice".
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