First of all (again, all these might be pretty stupid questions) but at the beginning of every book of Paradise Lost, there's that little explanation that explains what that section is about, right? Why is the heading "The Argument" before every single one?
Second, Adam is given the commandment by God to "be fruitful, multiply, and fill the Earth." Buuuut I am confused because I thought that child-bearing was only possible after the fall...when they became mortal. So did God already anticipate the fall that early and kind of spoil the ending for readers?
"So much delights me as those graceful acts,
Those thousand decencies that daily flow
From all her words and actions mixed with love
And sweet compliance, which declare unfeigned
Union of mind, or in us both one soul,"
^^^Adam speaking about Eve.
I thought it was kind of sweet and romantic and lovely.
Also, I love that the Raphael (is that his name?) points out that the serpent was the "subtlest beast of all the field," even before we knew how much Satan and his wily ways would screw things up in paradise. Snakes are just inherently evil, I suppose. I've actually averred this to many people, trying to warn them that snakes should never be trusted, let alone do they make decent pets. Ugh.
I would love my questions to be answered, if not here, then in class!