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  • That Day In Eden provides us with a delightful account of Satan's questioning with Eve and does a neat job of juxtaposing the power in Eden of Questioner and Contestant.<br />Here we see Satan marvel at Eve's keenness of beauty, and her presentation of self with the flower in her hair was awesome. The question of what words such as good evil and death mean bothered Adam and he brought Eve to him to seek the answers to which they could not reason out. Out of the conversation came the question of pain and what it was, and Satan could not explain its meaning to her. Satan took a principle from this example: <br />1. Words' meanings are derived from experiences.<br />2. Our experiences restrict which words we can understand.<br />        3. To Eve, words outside of her constitution, or orbit, cannot be made comprehensible to us in words.<br />Following was fear, another phenomena Satan admitted he could not describe with a hundred thousand words. It is out of her world, she cannot feel it, and she has not felt it. Informally, Satan made a corollary that if fear could not be explained, neither could death. Upon the simple expression of death as a form of sleep, Eve and Satan strike out in a playful exchange that turns out to be an enthymeme:<br />       Satan: Death is similar to sleep.<br />       Eve: I love sleep.<br />       Satan: It is a long, very long sleep.<br />       Eve: All the lovelier, nothing could be better than death.<br />       Satan: This sleep is eternal.<br />This new word for Eve, eternal, is approached carefully by Twain in explanation. He places her into an analogy of a child who has been cautioned not to put your finger in a candle because the child does not understand what a burn is, therefore the warning is futile. This is thin ice in my mind because of our first syllogism, which logically begs my following syllogism:<br />     1. Words' meanings are derived from experience.<br />     2. You can't know what you haven't experienced.<br />     3. Eternity hasn't been experienced by Satan.<br /> Yet Satan understands eternity. Despite the contradiction I pose, Twain's Satan still has difficulty explaining 'eternal' to Eve, who, rather than keep asking, moves on to ask "What is good and what is evil"?(That Day In Eden)<br />Which Satan replies with a category. They are components of the Moral Kingdom. Morals, Satan explains, are a system of law distinguishing good and bad. To explain moral law, Satan uses the example of Eve placing her child in the river against Adam's wishes. She lacks understanding of duty, command, and obedience so the example is lost on her; however I do applaud working up from the example to the category that Twain uses to show Eve that which she knows but does not realize she knows. Cognitively, she does not have guilt in disobeying Adam, but if she were to realize that she had a duty to him (as all relationships contain duty, or what is owed the other) then naturally she would recognize that bond would constitute a part of a higher principle of all bonds of this sort, namely Morals.<br />Satan also posits:<br />     1. Not knowing right from wrong makes her the same as the other animals.<br />     2. All the animals do is right and innocent.<br />     3. Whatever Eve does is right and innocent.<br />Although Satan claims that because it is right and innocent, I challenge the claim that they are right simply due to their ignorance of morality. They lack moral sense, which defines right and wrong, but intrinsically I think that morals are derived from behavior itself, therefore it can be stated that the good and the bad are present but not recognized.<br />Satan also posits:<br />     1. Moral sense gives knowledge of right and wrong.<br />     2. With moral sense, you can do wrong.<br />     3. Without moral sense, you cannot do wrong.<br />Here I believe Twain misunderstands the distinction we can make between culpability and the verdict of right or wrong. It is an enthymeme in his narrative and this may lead to it not checking out perfectly, but Satan pulls a nasty argument over Adam and Eve by saying the creator of wrong is the author that recognizes it with a moral sense. Rightfully fitting into the story, the devil is the one that introduces the knowledge of moral sense and fitting into his scheme of what wrong is, "authors" the first wrong that Eve and Adam commit, prior to which Adam declares, "I cannot see that there is any objection to it." Poor Adam, if only he had been fit to understand duty, obedience, and "command of refrain".<br />