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The Faerie Queene - Book 3, Canto 6 Summary & Analysis

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Book 3, Canto 6 Summary

The story now turns to the origin of Belphoebe. Chrysogone, a young maiden, fell asleep by the water one day and was impregnated by the sun's rays. Confused and ashamed, though without really knowing why, she disappears into the woods. Much later, Diana and Cupid have a fight, and the goddess asks Venus to help her find him in the woods. The two come across a sleeping Chrysogone with two baby girls next to her (she gave birth in her sleep and is still clueless about everything). Each goddess takes a girl to raise. Diana raises Belphoebe (hence why she is a fierce virgin fighter type) and Venus raises her sister, Amoret, whom we have yet to meet. The tale goes on to explain that Amoret was raised in the garden of Adonis, where everything is perfect. Children are sent into the world from one...

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