Proteus is a god with the gift of prophecy who warns Marinell that a woman will be his downfall. At one point, he rescues the maiden Florimell but then tries to woo her unsuccessfully and ends up keeping her as a prisoner in his dungeon. Eventually, however, Proteus relents, and the wedding of Marinell and Florimell takes place in his house.
Proteus Quotes in The Faerie Queene
The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Proteus or refer to Proteus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Book III: Canto IV Quotes
Book IV: Canto XII Quotes
Right so himself did Marinell upreare,
When he in place his dearst love did spy;
And though his limbs could not his bodie beare,
Ne former strength return so suddenly,
Yet chearefull signes he shewed outwardly.
Proteus Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character Proteus appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book III: Canto IV
Book III: Canto VIII
Book IV: Canto XI
Book IV: Canto XII