Aug 5 • 12M

Satan tries to pretend that Hell is a fine place

From John Milton, Paradise Lost

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     I’ve said that IRONY is what you get when there is a clash between levels of knowledge, when for example somebody should know something but doesn’t, all while somebody else, perhaps the author and the reader whom the author lets in on the jest, does know it, and waits for the outcome that will strike the ignorant as a surprise, but those in the kno…

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