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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What the hell (20)

Satan plans the counterattack against God, i.e., in this case, against the Crusaders, not Adam and Eve like in Milton's Paradise Lost. The actions described in this octave summarize a lot of events actually occurring in the next Cantos, though 'of course' things won't go exactly as Satan wishes them to.

The two most important successes for the devil will be the divisions breaking out among the Christian soldiers, sort of a micro civil war; and especially, the big troubles caused by the coming of the Muslim witch Armida to the camp -- who isn't strictly a Muslim, nor is she strictly a witch but something more, or something worse, or something better for those who love the fantasy genre. We will enjoy her company for a long time, immediately after the "what the hell" posts end in a couple of days.