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The Ferryman from The Faerie Queene

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The Ferryman is a character that shows up only briefly in book 2 of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queen. However, his role is important.

It is the Ferryman who carries the Palmer answer Guyon to the Bower of Bliss.

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While Guyon and the Palmer do a lot of thinking during this trip, and talking about what they should do, it is the Ferryman that actually does a lot of the action.

It is he that guides them past whirlpools, jagged cliffs, angry sirens, and more.

In short, he is a representation of taking action and doing what is right, rather than just talking about it.

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