Miltonic Marriage and the Challenge to History in Paradise Lost

  title={Miltonic Marriage and the Challenge to History in Paradise Lost},
  author={David Mikics},
  journal={Texas Studies in Literature and Language},
  pages={20 - 48}
  • David Mikics
  • Published 24 February 2004
  • Linguistics
  • Texas Studies in Literature and Language
In book 5 of Paradise Lost, Milton's Eve is visited in sleep by "one shaped and winged like one of those from heaven" (5.55): Satan. She is brought before the forbidden tree, its fruit waved in her face. Reporting her dream to Adam after she awakes, she says "The pleasant savoury smell / So quickened appetite, that I, methought, / Could not but taste" (5.84-86). (The actual event of tasting is elided, replaced by a thought.) At the conclusion of her dream, Eve takes flight with Satan: 
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