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"To Lose Thee Were To Lose Myself"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: When Eve has been deceived by Satan disguised as a serpent into eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she is stimulated and intoxicated by what she has done. She wonders whether she should tell Adam of her act, as sharing the fruit with him will elevate him and remove her newly acquired superiority, and she feels great pleasure in feeling superior. She then thinks that if death actually does come upon her, as had been threatened by God and reiterated by his angels, Adam will live on in the garden in his innocence and will take to himself another Eve. She cannot stand this idea and decides that he must eat the fruit and so share her fate, whatever it will be. She approaches him and confesses what she has done; she extols the fruit highly, as it has made her feel like a...

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