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The heavens declare the glory of God

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Now Satan is looking for the place where Adam and Eve are. He seems to be a bit at a loss and needs the help of anyone “who might direct his wandering flight.” (III:631). However, as all the angels in the outer space know him well, he avoids possible problems by changing his appearance. Thus, he transforms himself into a young and handsome cherub, “a stripling Cherube […] / Not of the prime, yet such as in his face / In curls on either cheek plaid, wings he wore / Of many a coloured plume sprinkled with Gold." (III:636-642).
With delicate steps and a radiant face, he nears the archangel Uriel with the sole intention of obtaining the information he needs. With his peculiar style, Satan tickles Uriel´s ears by telling him that he is one “of those seven spirits that stand / In sight of God's high Throne, gloriously bright” (III:654-657). Satan informs Uriel that he has come closer to get to know God’s creation, “but chiefly Man” (III:663). Afterwards, he kindly asks him “in whic…

Brilliant disguise

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On 28 December 2009, I wrote an entry blog entitled Appearances can be Deceptive. In it, I wrote about the way people change at Christmas. We all look happier than ever and wish health, money and love to everyone, even to those who never talk to us. Today, I am focusing on the same issue from a different perspective.

Nowadays many people get dressed in a great variety of ways to protest against the government, the system,the rules or whatever they consider important. It is their way to express that they are different, but appearances can be, and are, deceptive.
There are plenty of examples in the animal kingdom that indicate that gold is not all that glitters. For example, there are hundreds of insects, reptiles and birds that change their appearance in order to hide themselves from their enemies or to attack other animals. Whenever I think of people who used their clothes to be seen different, clergymen come to my mind. Religious people dress in black, in white, in grey, in purple and…