I’ve been reading Milton’s Paradise Lost (written in 1667), and came across an interesting comparison.
Satan has escaped from hell and is spying out Eden to find opportunity to deceive Eve. Beginning at Book IX Line 444:
“Much he the place admir’d, the person more.
As one who long in populous city pent,
Where houses thick and sewers annoy the air.
Forth issuing on a summer’s morn, to breathe
Among the pleasant villages and farms
Adjoin’d, from each thing met conceives delight;
The smell of grain, or tedded grass, or kine,
Or dairy, each rural sight, each rural sound; “
Almost as if to compare cities to hell and rural country to eden. I’m not saying that’s correct, I’m just saying. :-)