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What is Satan's reaction to his punishment by God in Milton's Paradise Lost, as demonstrated in Book I, Lines 84-124? What course of action does Satan suggest he and Beelzebub take?

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Satan has several different reactions here, as he and Beelzebub converse and ponder their plight in Hell. They have fallen after the war in heaven and his first reaction is a sense of remorse, even guilt, for having failed his legion of followers, in particular Beelzebub:

...if he [Beelzebub] whom mutual league,                                 United thoughts and counsels, equal hope                     And hazard in the glorious...

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