Thinking about it at Noon Prayer, I was reminded of a couple of other correspondences:
1) Emily Hale was Eliot's Beatrice. In the Divine Comedy, Beatrice represents Christ in the Earthly Paradise (restored Garden of Eden).
2) Beatrice was also the emissary of the Blessed Virgin at the beginning of the Inferno. One of Mary's titles is "Mystical Rose," and the structure of Heaven in the Comedy is a giant rose, presided over by Mary.
Either of these would be ample warrant for the "royal."
J. P. Earls, OSB
St. John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
From: Rickard A. Parker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 12:16 PM
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Subject: Re: Milton, FQ (why OT?)
J.P. Earls wrote:
> Why it is "royal" and capitalized I'm not guessing.
Thanks. That "Royal" connected to Hale was the big obstacle for me.