The multiplication of Una
in God’s only daughter
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Once the independent trajectories of Una and Red Cross have coincided, Una is reflected in her companions. Arthur, too, epitomizes and signifies the invisible Church. As such, he becomes instrumental in the salvation of Red Cross. “Called to election” in canto viii, Red Cross (whose prior and formal baptism is intimated by the cross he has borne from the beginning) experiences the spiritual baptism of repentance in the House of Holiness, and also during his fight with the dragon. That Red Cross has become, as it were, another Una is implied by their quasi-marriage in canto xii, in a ceremony suggestive of the Sacrament of Communion.

God’s only daughter

Spenser’s Una as the invisible Church




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