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The Faerie Queene - Book 2, Canto 12 Summary & Analysis

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Book 2, Canto 12 Summary

Guyon and the Palmer continue on their way, taking the three day boat ride to Acrasia's paradise. Along the way, they encounter many trials reminiscent of Odysseus, but through the rational advice of the Palmer, Guyon is able to avoid the whirlpool of Greed, Phaedria's charms, various mermaids with wicked plans, and a number of other trials. The pair finally reach the island and are faced with a herd of wild beasts that are held at bay by the Palmer's staff (it works against sea monsters as well). The two are allowed to proceed into the Bower of Bliss where they are met by Excess, a beautiful woman who offers wine and other worldly pleasures. Guyon smashes her cup and continues on his way. He passes a fountain with a number of naked girls and slows his pace, but is recalled to his quest by...

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