sealed spring," 101. where that enticer toward perversity is certainly not admitted. Still he deceives by means of the woman. Nor can our reason be brought to the consent that is sin, except when delight is aroused in that part of the soul which ought to obey reason as its ruling husband. 102.
21. Even now nothing else happens in each of us when one falls into sin than occurred then in those three: the serpent, the woman and the man. For first the suggestion is made, whether by thought or by the senses of the body, by seeing or touching or hearing or tasting or smelling. When this suggestion has been made, if our desire is not aroused toward sinning, the cunning of the serpent will be excluded. If, however, it is aroused, it will be as though the woman were already persuaded. At times reason checks and suppresses in a virile way even desire that has been aroused. When this happens, we do not fall into sin, but we are crowned for our modest struggle. But if reason consents and decides that what desire has stirred up should be carried out, man is expelled from the whole happy life as if from paradise. For the sin is already imputed to him, even if the deed is not carried out, since conscience is held guilty by reason of the consent. 103.
How Temptation Brings One Down
22. We must carefully consider how the serpent persuaded them to sin, since this question is especially pertinent to our salvation. Scripture reports these things precisely so that we____________________