Lust quotes in 'Paradise Lost' and 'The White Devil'

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'carnal desire inflaming he on Eve/began to cast lascivious eyes, she him/As wantonly repaid: in lust they burn'
PL - p224 - (narrator) - fiery language connotes hell and foreshadows consequences - love used to be 'conjugal'
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'Eve, now i see thou art exact of taste [...] since to each meaning savour'
PL - p224 - (narrator) sensory exploration of each others sensuality
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'if such pleasure be/in things to us/forbidd'n it might be wished/for this one tree had been forbidden ten!'
PL - p224- greed for lust and continued pleasure and betrayal of God - reveal evil overcoming them - 10 trees may be symbolic of 10 commandments
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'her hand he seized and to a shady bank/thick overhead with verdant roof embow'red/he lead her nothing loath'
PL - p225 - Adam to Eve - being secretive like Satan in the shade - hiding from God - more violent action - before Adam's 'hand grew slack' - power of lust
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'flowers were the couch [...] Earth's freshest, softest lap'
PL -p225 - previously flowers represented Eve's virginity - now crushed and violated by their lust - **** of the earth
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'Eve separate he spies/Veiled in a cloud of fragrance [...] so thick the roses bushing round/about her glowed'
PL -p208 - satan looking at Eve - sensory sexualises her purity and beauty - more beautiful than the flowers - transcendental and angelic beauty
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'sweet recess of eve'
PL - p209- satan looking at Eve - sexual and vaginal - especially when considering Satan transformed himself into a phallic snake
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'his head/crested aloft and carbuncle his eyes/with burnished neck of verdant gold erect'
PL - p210 - he's becomes seductive and phallic - attractive- desire to sin
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'nay lower, wear my jewel lower'
TWD - Brachiano trying to seduce Vittoria with wealth and sexual connotations
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'observe [...] a woman of a most prodigious spirit'
TWD - p60 - spirit = errection
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'I pursued her with hot lust'
TWD - Francisco talking about pure and virginal Isabella - he was once good and pure too however sin has corrupted him and therefore her memory as well
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'a goodly yew tree spread her large root in ground; under the yew, as i sat sadly leaning on a grave'
TWD - seductive dream with sexual connotations
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'her coyness, that's but the superficies of lust most women have'
TWD - women are naturally lustful and therefore naturally sinful - debased view of women pertaining to misogyny at the time
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'I'll seat you above law and above scandal'
TWD - 23 - p23- Brachiano is trying to seduce/corrupt Vittoria with his power - like Satan with eve - 'Sovreign mistress' - tantalising idea that sin can elevate them above god's law and morality
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'Eve, now i see thou art exact of taste [...] since to each meaning savour'

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PL - p224 - (narrator) sensory exploration of each others sensuality

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'if such pleasure be/in things to us/forbidd'n it might be wished/for this one tree had been forbidden ten!'

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Card 4

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'her hand he seized and to a shady bank/thick overhead with verdant roof embow'red/he lead her nothing loath'

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Card 5

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'flowers were the couch [...] Earth's freshest, softest lap'

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