Study Guide

Pollente & Munera in The Faerie Queene

By Edmund Spenser

Pollente & Munera

Father and daughter, these two figures embody economic injustice and greed. Pollente uses his power and might to charge and unfair tax to those trying to cross a bridge he has claimed—apparently something that actually happened in Spenser's England—and his daughter Munera, whose hands and feet are made of gold and silver, embodies such a complete obsession with gaining wealth that even her physical body reflects that obsession.

While Artegall handily defeats these two, Munera's punishment by Talus is memorably brutal. Although she begs for mercy, he tears off her hands and feet and drowns her in the river. Ugh.