[Milton-L] Herman Melville and the forbidden fruit

Dario Rivarossa dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Thu Apr 17 02:57:40 EDT 2014

Dear friends

rereading Melville's "The Confidence-Man," an intriguing detail popped
up. In chapter 13, "The merchant, in his good-nature [ = naivete] . .
.  said that he would be glad to refresh himself with such fruit [ =
the conversation with the Confidence-Man, i.e. the devil in disguise]
all day. It was sitting under a ripe pulpit, and better such a seat
than under a ripe peach-tree."
Since the novel is full of hidden hints and symbols, may this mean
that, according to Melville, the forbidden fruit was a peach, as it
has often been suggested in this forum?


il Tassista / the Tasso Driver

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