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Paradise Lost by John Milton - Barron's Booknotes
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LINES 219-307. GOD SENDS RAPHAEL TO VISIT ADAM AND EVE

God sends Raphael down to warn Adam and Eve about the threat posed by Satan. Raphael is to make it clear to Adam that his fate is in his own hands because his will is free. But it is only fair to warn him, so that he cannot claim he is "unadmonished, unforewarned."

As Raphael flies to the gate of heaven and looks down on the earth below, Milton seizes the opportunity to mention Galileo again. But Galileo's knowledge of what he sees through his telescope is "less assured" than Raphael's, for Galileo is only human.



Raphael seems like a Phoenix as he flies down and lands on the eastern edge of the garden. The description will remind you of the figure of Mercury, which you can see on advertisements for flower delivery services, when Raphael folds his three pairs of wings, one pair attached to his heels. He walks majestically through the ranks of the angels guarding Paradise, then through a grove of spice trees perfuming the air. Adam sees Raphael coming as he sits waiting for Eve to prepare another vegetarian meal.

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