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by John Milton
Adam Timeline and Summary
Adam and Eve are observed eating a meal by Satan. Adam addresses Eve, saying God must be infinitely good and that they should praise him. Adam tells Eve that it's bedtime as night falls in Paradise. He and Eve praise God before going into their bower and having sex. Adam wakes Eve with his whispers before leading her forth to pray to God. He discerns Raphael walking towards them, and asks Eve to prepare a meal fit to entertain him (Raphael). He greets Raphael, invites him back to his place, eats with him, and then asks him a bunch of questions. He learns about how to attain knowledge and become all spirit; he also learns about how Satan's revolt got started in Heaven, how it fared, and how the world was created. He tells Raphael about his first memories in the garden, about how he woke up, heard a voice, and wandered over to a hill. He repeats his conversation with God, in which he asked God for a partner. Eventually, Raphael has to leave and he and Adam say their goodbyes. He consents to spend time laboring away from Eve on the day of the Fall. While waiting for Eve, he makes a little garland for her hair. When he goes to meet Eve, he sees she has some of that evil fruit with her. She eventually persuades him to eat, after which they engage in some really lusty sex. After they wake up, they argue for a while. He hides from the Son, who has come to execute justice. Adam says he's hiding because he's embarrassed because he is naked. Eventually, he admits what he's done, and learns his punishment. Later, when he sees the animals fighting, he delivers a huge lament about his circumstances. The angel Michael comes down from Heaven and leads him to the top of the highest mountain in Paradise. There Michael does something to his eyes and allows him to see all kinds of future events. Afterwards, Michael leads him down the mountain, where he rejoins Eve. They leave the garden together, holding hands.