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The dismemberment of Hipplytus (described in canto v) is one of many instances of division and dispersal that characterize the demonic counterparts of Una and her allies. Una’s contrasting oneness testifies to Judeo-Christian monotheism, and to Atonement. Una is “one” in the sense that she is healed and whole. Although her number is, paradoxically, increasing, that number is united into “one body” (which stands as a rebuke to the tragic division of Christendom).

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God’s only daughter

Spenser’s Una as the invisible Church


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