Paradise Lost Detailed Summary Book I Part IV, Summary Paradise Lost by John Milton




Satan's third speech:



Satan praises the glory of fallen angels and declares them comparable to God alone while he also admits that they all believed that God "sat on his Throne, upheld by old repute" or "Consent or Custom" while his actual strength was concealed. This tempted them and wrought their fall. He warns them that: "Henceforth his might we know, and know our own"; therefore, they must not provoke new war with God rather work with "guile". He tells his fellows that God has designs to create a new world and implant a new generation there. Satan proposes to disrupt it and corrupt them. This generation is man. Millions of shouts were heard in order to endorse what Satan had just uttered.

Mammon leads a party of angels for digging gold:



Mammon, a downcast angel even in heaven, leads a band of fallen angels to a nearby hill and sets them to dig out "ribs of Gold". Here Milton reminds us humans that we must observe how much gold and precious metals were gathered and heaped by devils in just an hour which humans could not gather even during a whole age but still humans try to gather and "boast in mortal things". He relates it to hell and rather calls them hellish.

Building of Pandaemonium:



These fallen angels kept on working with strange mechanism of pipe like vessels and craft that:

"Anon out of the earth a Fabrick huge
Rose like an Exhalation, with the sound
Of Dulcet Symphonies and voices sweet,
Built like a Temple, where PILASTERS round
Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid"

He compares the newly built temple of Satan with the great edifices built by man throughout its entire history:

"The Roof was fretted Gold. Not BABILON,
Nor great ALCAIRO such magnificence
Equal'd in all thir glories, to inshrine"

There were lights from a sort of magic produced by the roof of this temple itself. The multitude of devils entered this temple. Some praised the structure while others praised the design. All the devils entered and sat according to their rank and file. Some sat, others flew in the air while some formed smaller size like that of "bees" they were numberless.

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