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... I am sure without flattery , that it is in Your Lordship's power to set all these transactions in a clear light , and You have fufficient materials by ...
... his hair was of a light brown , and parted on the foretop hung down in curls waving upon his shoulders ; his features were exact and regular ; his voice ...
His eyes were of light blue color , and from the first are said to have been none of the brightest ; but after he lost the fight of them , ( which happened ...
... which was usually olives or some light thing ; and after supper he smoked his pipe , and drank a glass of water , and went to bed .
... and facetious or grave as the occasion required ; and I know not whether the loss of his light did not add vigor to the faculties of his mind .
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Chronicles the rise and fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Begins with the crowning of the Son of God, moves to Lucifer's rebellion and fall, the beginning of the Earth, the birth of Adam and Eve, and how they fell prey to Satan's fraud.
Written in 10 syllable per line prose, which must have been very difficult. Milton was blind, which makes the accomplishment even more amazing. Parts of the book were wonderfully written (the battles with Satan, Eden, the creation of the Earth, the coming events as Adam and Eve are escorted from Eden by Archangel Michael), but others are difficult with many references to Greek characters. I'm sure Milton was brilliant, but those parts don't add much for me and make it seem as though he's being pretentious. I also disliked the way all the characters addressed each other: "Lo, great angel from Heaven, graceful and true of spirit." The pictures of the story in the book, while they received vast praise in the preface, were forgettable.
Still, I can't get away from the amazing work that Milton put here. My only real compliant was the blatant sexism that Adam had for Eve, assuming she was always inferior to him. That is no longer the way of the world, and I doubt Adam would have treated Eve thusly. Sin, Death. Satan, Michael and Raphael were my favorite characters, all providing memorable lines.