Not sure if I'm going to be in class today, but I'll be honest...I did not really enjoy Paradise Regained. I don't even really know why because it was just as beautifully written and all... I don't know.
Anyways, here's what I found amusing was for almost the whole four books, Satan and Christ are arguing back and forth, and this is how their replies are described:
Satan: uttered / answered malcontent / accosts / murmuring thus replied / inly racked replied / impudent replied / with fear abashed replied / with stern brow replied / swoll'n with rage replied
Christ: with unaltered brow / temperately replied / patiently replied / calmly thus replied / fervently replied / answered thus unmoved / sagely thus replied / answered with disdain (finally when Satan starts getting really really annoying and talks bad about God.)
Christ is just so patient through it all because he knows he's got nothing to worry about--he's not in the wrong, not like Satan is, who is obviously getting flustered about failing to sway Christ.
My favorite part is when Satan says this about God:
"...he seeks glory,
and for his glory all things made, all things
Orders and governs, nor content in Heav'n
By all his angels glorified, requires
Glory from men, from all men good or bad,
Wise or unwise, no difference, not exemption."
And when Jesus chews him out for it, he feels like this:
With guilt of his own sin, for he himself
Insatiable of glory had lost all."
Satan realizes he may have just been describing himself more than he was describing God.