Question for “The Blazing World” Day 2

Why does the empress keep asking the spirits the same question over and over again?

“She asked again, Whether Spirits were not like Water or Fire? They answered, that Water and Fire was material, were it the purest and most refined that ever could be; nay, were it above the Heavens: But we are no more like Water or Fire, said they, then we are like Earth; but our Vehicles are of several forms, figures and degrees of substances.”

Cavendish , Margaret. “The Blazing World (1668) – Scholarly Edition.” Digital Cavendish Project, 16 Apr. 2019, http://digitalcavendish.org/complete-works/the-blazing-world-1668/.

In the print edition that I read, this same question, about the spirits being like water or fire, is originally printed on page 70, as is noted on the website, and then soon followed up by the quote that I pulled from page 76, thought the online edition chose to cut it out. Why did Margaret Cavendish feel the need to have the empress repeat this question more than once, getting nearly the same response both times? The empress also asks many similar questions about the forms, bodies, and figures of the spirits throughout her conversation with them which usually evoke very similar responses.

“”She asked them further, Whether Spirits were of a globous or round Figure? They answered, That Figure belonged to body, but they being immaterial, had no Figure.”

Cavendish , Margaret. “The Blazing World (1668) – Scholarly Edition.” Digital Cavendish Project, 16 Apr. 2019, http://digitalcavendish.org/complete-works/the-blazing-world-1668/.

Was she trying to emphasize these questions? Or was she trying to convey the idea that the empress was not pleased with the answers that the spirits were giving her?

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