"he uttered the cry of a creature hurled over an abyss"
Michael casts out the rebel angels
Public DomainMichael casts out the rebel angels - Credit: Gustave Doré

This is strongly reminiscent of the treatment meted out to Satan in Revelation 20:3. As a punishment for deluding the people and acting as a false prophet, an angel of the Lord hurls him into an abyss where he is to remain in chains for a thousand years.

This suggests that, far from saving Miles, the governess has in fact damned him.


Michael binding Satan
Public DomainMichael binding Satan - Credit: William Blake