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...Thus was th'applause they meant
Turned to exploding hiss, triumph to shame,
Cast on themselves from their own mouths. There stood
A Grove hard by, sprung up with this their change,
His will who reigns above, to aggravate
Their penance, laden with fair fruit, like that
Which grew in Paradise, the bait of Eve,
Us'd by the tempter: on that prospect strange
Their earnest eyes they fix'd, imagining
For one forbidden Tree a multitude
Now ris'n, to work them further woe or shame;
Yet parcht with scalding thirst and hunger fierce,
Though to delude them sent, could not abstain,
But on they roll'd in heaps, and up the Trees
Climbing, sat thicker than the snaky locks
That curl'd Megaera: greedily they pluck'd
The Fruitage fair to sight, like that which grew
Near that bituminous Lake where Sodom flam'd;
This more delusive, not the touch, but taste
Deceiv'd, they fondly thinking to allay
Their appetite wigh gust, instead of Fruit
Chew'd bitter Ashes, which th'offended taste
With spattering noise rejected: oft they assay'd,
Hunger and thirst constraining, drugg'd as oft,
With hatefullest disrelish writh'd their jaws
With soot and cinders fill'd; so oft they fell
Into the same illusion, not as Man
Whom they triumphed once lapst. Thus were they plagu'd
And worn with Famine, long and ceaseless hiss,
Till their lost shape, permitted, they resum'd.
    —John Milton, Paradise Lost, X.545-574


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Oct
9
reviewed Reviewed Why is it called an “Indian file”?
Oct
9
comment Why is it called an “Indian file”?
This doesn't explain why it is called Indian, which is the focus of the question.
Sep
25
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
25
comment Difference between lexicon and dictionary
@tchrist Thanks. That is a very helpful addition to my answer. I need to remember that I have the OAD and OED on my Kindle now. :)
Sep
25
revised Best word for “unable to change”
Smoothed out grammar
Sep
25
answered Difference between lexicon and dictionary
Sep
23
awarded  Custodian
Sep
23
reviewed Reviewed I'm British, so should I take a rain cheque?
Sep
23
reviewed Reviewed What is the origin of the phrase “'til the cows come home”?
Sep
23
reviewed Reviewed Do “in future” and “in the future” imply different meanings?
Sep
17
awarded  Yearling
Aug
25
answered Best word for “unable to change”
Apr
5
awarded  Editor
Apr
5
revised Definition and Etymology of “Diplasiology”
Quote marks in title
Apr
4
accepted Etymology of “magma” in abstract algebra
Apr
4
comment Etymology of “magma” in abstract algebra
@Mitch In the case of those other algebraic structures, they make some sense: a group is a set and a binary operation put together in a certain way...okay, I can see that. Etc.
Apr
4
asked Etymology of “magma” in abstract algebra
Mar
28
comment Which is the proper spelling: “disfunction” or “dysfunction”?
@Thursagen We might distinguish between different types of linguistic correctness—it's not an absolute concept, after all. I would argue that we could look at etymological correctness versus common usage correctness, etc...
Mar
28
comment Is a “misspelled” word which subsequently creates another word still considered misspelled?
I think your question correctly insinuates that this is a case of technology affecting our view of language. I think that "word" where "world" was meant is a misspelling.
Jan
7
awarded  Citizen Patrol