"Imparadised In One Another's Arms"

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Last Updated on May 9, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 182

Context: Satan comes to Paradise to seduce Adam and Eve from obedience to God. That he may better plan their downfall, he eavesdrops on the couple. From their conversation he finds them a most happy and amiable pair. Satan's envy is aroused first by Eve's verbal admiration of Adam, and her submission to his authority. His envy, already begun, explodes when he sees Eve turn her beautiful form to Adam's to be met with Adam's kisses. The Devil turns aside from envy; he has fathered Death by the monster, half-human and half-reptile, Sin; but he has known no such affection, no innocent love such as he observes between Adam and Eve. He now has a real and direct reason, his envy, for wishing to ruin the human pair. He says of Adam and Eve:

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"Sight hateful, sight tormenting! thus those two
Imparadised in one another's arms
The happier Eden, shall enjoy their fill
Of bliss on bliss, while I to hell am thrust,
Where neither joy nor love, but fierce desire,
Among our other torments not the least,
Still unfulfilled with pain of longing pines."

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