Paradise Lost Book 9 Outline

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BOOK IX - The Fall
A. Fourth invocation [1-]
B. Satan returns to Eden and possesses the serpent [48-191] . . . . . 1. Satan gains secret entrance to the Garden [48-] . . . . . 2. He expresses his thirst for revenge [98-]
. . . . . 3. He finds and enters the sleeping serpent [179-] C. Adam and Eve divide their work in the Garden [192-403]
. . . . . 1. Eve's proposal that they work in different areas [205-341] . . . . . . . . . . a) Eve makes the suggestion [205-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) Adam expresses fear of danger in separation [226-] . . . . . . . . . . c) Eve takes offense that he mistrusts her [270-] . . . . . . . . . . d) Adam pleads his case further [290-]

. . . . . . . . . . e) Eve expresses dismay at their restricted condition [319-] . . . . . 2. Adam reluctantly submits to her wish [342-]
. . . . . 3. Eve responds happily and they separate [376-]
D. The temptation of Eve [404-732]
. . . . . 1. The serpent finds Eve alone and approaches her [404-] . . . . . 2. He speaks to Eve and leads her to the forbidden tree [532-] . . . . . 3. The serpent delivers his speech of temptation [664-] E. Eve's fall [733-838]

. . . . . 1. Eve is tempted and eats the fruit [733-]
. . . . . 2. Her reasonings and imaginings afterwards [784-] F. Adam's fall [838-1004]
. . . . . 1. Eve greets Adam, who has come to look for her [856-] . . . . . 2. Adam's horror at finding Eve has eaten the fruit [888-959] . . . . . . . . . . a) His thoughts [896-]
. . . . . . . . . . b) His words to Eve [917-]
. . . . . 3. Eve offers him the fruit and he eats [960-]
G. The aftermath [1004-1189]
. . . . . 1. Lust [1011-]
. . . . . 2. Shame [1046-]
. . . . . 3. Mutual accusation [1119-1189]
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