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by John Milton
Eve Timeline and Summary
Eve agrees with Adam's assessment of God's infinite goodness. She recounts the story of her birth; she awoke, then wandered to a lake and saw her own reflection in the water, which enthralled her. The voice of God (though she doesn't know it's God's voice) led her to Adam. She tried to leave Adam but he called her back. She prays to God with Adam before making love to him in their bower. Satan whispers evil thoughts into her ear while she is sleeping. She wakes up and tells Adam she's had a nightmare. She's led by a tempter (in her dream) to the Tree of Knowledge. She eats the fruit, flies up to heaven, but then falls back down. She prays to God with Adam before going to work in the garden. She picks fruits for Raphael during his visit and sits nearby while he and Adam converse. She gets up and leaves after Raphael describes the creation of the world. On the morning of the Fall, she tells Adam that they don't always get that much done when they work together so they should separate for a while. They separate; after a short time, Eve is accosted by Satan disguised as the serpent. She asks him how he learned to talk; after he tells her, she asks him to lead her to the tree from which he acquired his powers. Satan continues to persuade Eve of the virtues of the fruit; eventually, she falls prey to his (faulty) reasoning and flattery and eats the fruit. She returns towards the spot where she left Adam, carrying a bunch of fruit. Eventually, she convinces Adam to eat, after which they engage in lustful sex. In the aftermath, they argue about the fruit from the forbidden tree, each trying to blame the other. She faces the Son and admits to her mistake; she feels horrible. Eventually, she sees Adam in despair and goes towards him to try and make amends. Eve says she deserves to be reproached, but her judge was very kind. She tells Adam it's time to go to work and that she'll never stray from him again. Michael tells her she must leave Paradise, and she gets really upset. Michael puts her to sleep while he leads Adam up the mountain. She wakes up, says some tender words to Adam, and exits the garden with him.