- central episode that joins books 5-8
- banquet: Adam and Raphael are engaged in a kind of symposium
- eating and knowing
- what are the proper limits of knowledge?
- Raphael tells Adam that he must learn to control his desire for knowledge
- Raphael is really not being very direct
- he totally could have just said shit outright, and then Adam would have fewer questions
- Adam doesn't understand why so many stars circle around the earth
- why is all the power circled around one tiny little spot
- he doesn't understand why one small thing gets to stay still while all the big things run around it
- he thinks that the big things must be a lot better than the little ones
- since the big things are moving around the little one, they seem to be serving it. why?
- Raphael says that the first problem with Adam's assumptions is that he assumes that things that are
higher/bigger are better
- Satan is the one who has this view: he is the one who thinks that up is good, and down is bad. Raphael
says that this might not be true
- the whole tone is a very familiar anti-intellectualism
- Raphael is all like "don't worry your pretty little head about things you couldn't possibly understand"
while simultaneously throwing out theories popular in 17th century
- however, he never says which one is correct
- Milton might not want to get himself in trouble like Galeleo