chapter  3
The Cave of Mammon
Pages 24

The object of this chapter is to expound the seventh canto of the Second Book of The Faerie Queene. There is little agreement as to its interpretation, so the topic has its own interest. But it cannot be treated in isolation from the Second Book as a whole; and since the relation between this mysterious episode and the remainder of the Legend of Temperance seems to be characteristic of Spenser's method throughout The Faerie Queene, what I have to say, in so far as it is correct, has a bearing upon the conduct of the entire poem, and in the long run upon certain obscure aspects of Renaissance poetry in general. So I begin with some remarks on that larger topic.