"Precious Bane"

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Last Updated on May 9, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 98

Context: Satan and his fellow rebel angels, having been thrust into Hell by God's power, prepare to build themselves a city and a glorious center of government. They dig, at the suggestion of Mammon, into a hill which appears to have minerals within it. The spirits soon have opened "a...

(The entire section contains 98 words.)

See This Study Guide Now

Start your subscription to unlock this study guide. You'll also get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Start your Subscription

Context: Satan and his fellow rebel angels, having been thrust into Hell by God's power, prepare to build themselves a city and a glorious center of government. They dig, at the suggestion of Mammon, into a hill which appears to have minerals within it. The spirits soon have opened "a spacious wound" in the hillside and dig out ribs of gold to use as material for building. Milton, well guessing the reaction of his readers, comments, using the original meaning of "admire": "to wonder."

Let none admire
That riches grow in hell; that soil may best
Deserve the precious bane.

Illustration of PDF document

Download Paradise Lost Study Guide

Subscribe Now
Previous

"Our Reason Is Our Law"

Next

"Rather Than Be Less, Cared Not To Be At All"