Abdiel is a seraph who, though originally one of Lucifer's legions in Heaven, remains faithful to God. He attempts to persuade Satan and his rebel angels to abandon their revolt and, failing, abandons them. He symbolizes true fidelity.
Belial is the fallen angel who speaks second at the council of devils in Book II. In keeping with his faint-hearted counsel of ''ignoble ease and peaceful sloth'' (11.226), he is the last to rise from the burning lake. Because Belial...
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