By John Milton.
Ian McDiarmid reads an extract, with an introduction from Philip Pullman.We meet Satan and the Rebel Angels as they are vanquished on the burning lake in Hell and hear of their determined resolution to fight back.
The Rebel Angels debate their course of action and decide to take their revenge on God by seducing the new race called Man to their party.
A cunning Satan volunteers for the task.
We have our first glimpse of the happy innocence of Adam and Eve, the newly created beings Satan has travelled all this way to tempt and seduce.
The Angel Raphael describes to Adam and Eve the creation of the luscious earth and all its creatures.
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Perhaps the greatest literary seduction scene? Satan's temptation of Eve and her first taste of the forbidden fruit.