(the human soul), queen of “Body Castle,” beset by
enemies for seven years (the Seven Ages of Man). The besiegers
are a rabble rout of evil desires, foul imaginations, and silly
conceits. Alma conducted Arthur and Sir Guyon over her castle. “The
divine part of a man,” says Spenser, “is circular, a circle
being the emblem of eternity; but the mortal part triangular, as
it consists of three things—blood, flesh, and bones.” —Prior's
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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