by Christina Rossetti
Goblin Market Sin Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (line)
"No," said Lizzie: "No, no, no;
Their offers should not charm us,
Their evil gifts would harm us." (64-66)
Lizzie seems to realize that the goblins' fruits are a temptation to be avoided. Her repeated refusal, "No, no, no," suggests that she does, however, feel the temptation. We get the sense that all maidens who encounter the fruit are tempted.
She thrust a dimpled finger
In each ear, shut eyes and ran (67-68)
Seeing and hearing the goblin men could make Lizzie give in to temptation, so she shuts her eyes and ears and runs away. She doesn't trust herself, so she removes herself from the tempting situation. Running with her eyes shut doesn't seem like the best idea, but her intentions are good.