The creation of the false Una and false Florimel
take on new resonances in this context, and Eggert ultimately sees The Faerie Queene as both positing orthodox views about reproduction, and revealing their inadequacy.
She becomes the man-devouring serpent/woman of Keats' "Lamia," a Circe, a serpent in place of a woman, a false Florimel
and a ghoul, as well as, of course, the unfeeling marble statue of the book's title.
It is introduced by Spenser in The Faerie Queene as the girdle of Florimel
6) and that is subsequently lost by Florimel
is related to the same thematic wordplay.
Next, he heard on Saturday, that the true Florimel
is just on the wing for London: "a week or 10 days" - he says:(3) - I hope, he lies: but there's no knowing.