Subtle he needs must be, who could seduce
(Paradise Lost, Book 9)
i just finished re-reading Paradise Lost, for the twentieth or more time this life. A confusedly great work, monument to the 17th Century misunderstanding of our creator. Yet it is not wholly mistaken – it’s just that one is likelier to trace the creator’s lineaments in Eve, in Adam, in moments of Satan even, or Belial, in Abdiel and Raphael, than in God or “the Son”.