Book II, canto vi
Notes written by: Jamie Smith
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Summary (100-150 words max): Cymochles is learning that a life of pleasure is bad.
Cymochles finds Phaedria laughing at her own jokes, and convinces Cymochles to get
in her boat without Atin. They sail around Idle lake and discover they both serve
Acrasia. On idyllic island, Cymochles falls asleep and Phaedria whispers him into a
drugged state to ignore worry and responsibility. Phaedria leaves Cymochles on the
island and gets Guyon on her boat without Palmer, but Guyon can’t be tempted by her.
Once awake, Cymochles attacks Guyon until Phaedria can stop them. Phaedria takes
Guyon back to the shore where she found him. Guyon exits the canto with Palmer,
when Atin sees and struggles to help Pyrochles being burned by Furor in the distant
water. Archimago shows up to save the day with a spell that relieves Pyrochles of
New characters introduced:
• Phaedria, who floats around in a self-directed boat, laughing at her own jokes.
o Described in II.vi.3, but not named until II.vi.9
o II.vi.3.9 “foolish humour” characterization implies wanton idleness or