Canto 31 Beatrice returned to her sharp speech against Dante: “You there, say it if it’s true, your charge requires a confession. So, out with it.” Dante was confused about the words resounding in him long after they’d been said. She waited & then asked him what he was thinkingContinue Reading

Canto 28 Dante was eager to explore the sacred wood. He left the cliff, walked across the fields where even the soil smelled nice. The breeze blew across his forehead & he walked towards the shady part, where little birds sang on top of the trees. Dante was so farContinue Reading

Canto 25 It was now 2 p.m. & the 3 of them walked through the gap on to the next cornice. Dante was yearning to ask so many questions but couldn’t get them out. Virgil encouraged him to ask whatever was on his mind. Dante asked how the souls gotContinue Reading

Canto 22 At that point, the Angel was behind them & another P was erased from Dante’s forehead. The Angel pronounced that those who thirst & crave righteousness would be blessed. This made Dante feel even lighter than before. Virgil told him that love lit by virtue must kindle aContinue Reading

Canto 19 Dante dreamed that a woman with a stammer, squinty eyes, maimed feet, crippled hands & sallowy skin was looking for him. He gazed at her which allowed her to speak better, it relieved her of her physical hindrances & returned the color to her face. Once her tongueContinue Reading

Canto 16 Even the dark gloom of Hell didn’t inhibit Dante’s vision like this cloud because it was so smoky that he had to shut his eyes & depend on Virgil to guide him around physically. Virgil warned him not to let go of his shoulders while they moved. ThereContinue Reading

Canto 13 They got to the 2nd terrace on the mountain. The ledge there had a sharper curve to it. There were no images, figure – nothing. Virgil said if they waited for someone to come, they’d be there a while. He looked at the sun & spoke to it,Continue Reading

Canto 10 Once they crossed the threshold, Dante heard the door close behind him with an echo but he knew that he couldn’t turn around. Virgil warned him they had to be careful on the narrow & winding path. Doing that slowed them down quite a bit. There they foundContinue Reading

Canto 7 Sordello asked who they were. Virgil told him who he was. He’d not been able to go to Heaven because he had no faith. The soul dropped to his knees & bowed his head. He was clearly in awe of the Romans & their fame. Then he askedContinue Reading

Canto 4 Sometimes a soul is overtaken its faculties that all of its attention has to be devoted to one thing & it means that other faculties are put on the back burner or completely neglected. We forget about time ticking on. That was how Dante was feeling as heContinue Reading

Canto 1 Dante began the story of his travels through Purgatory by invoking the muses. At this point, he was glad to be out of Hell & the darkness. The sky seemed brighter & clearer than before. This sky was one you’d see in the Southern Hemisphere, totally different starts,Continue Reading

Canto 31 Finally they reached the end of the 8th Circle but didn’t see very much. However, they did hear a very loud horn echoing around. Dante saw tall towers in the distance & asked Virgil about them. Virgil told him his eyes were playing tricks on him. They weren’tContinue Reading

Canto 28 Dante was searching for the words to describe what he saw in the 9th bowge. It was filled with those who’d suffered wounds worse than anything ever seen on any battlefield. He’d never seen such a bloody & horrific sight in his life. Dante focused in on Mahomet.Continue Reading

Canto 25 The thief raised his hands & made figs with them, placing the thumb between the index & middle fingers while making a fist, & cursed God. The snakes sneaked up on him, wrapping around his throat & arms as if to shut him up. He was even moreContinue Reading

Canto 22 Dante had seen a lot of expeditions in his day but never anything like him & Virgil being escorted by several devils. Dante focused on the most to see what was going on. Those wallowing in the pitch would float up to the top every now & thenContinue Reading

Canto 19 “O Simon Magus! O disciples of his! Miserable pimps & hucksters that have sold the things of God… for silver & gold.” This was the 3rd bowge. Dante was clearly a religious man & this section of Hell really affect him. The landscape with with holes about theContinue Reading

Canto 16 They had reached the point where the water was going down to the Circle below. Then 3 shadows came running towards them. One of them recognized Dante’s Florentine dress. Dante was shocked at their burns & scars. Virgil warned Dante to be courteous to them since they approachedContinue Reading

Canto 13 Before Nessus had reached the other side of the river, Virgil & Dante got to a forest without any path through. There were no green leaves on the trees, only discolored & dark ones. The roots were twisted & gnarled. There was no fruit, only poison galls onContinue Reading

Canto 10 They followed the path between the city walls & the fires. Dante wanted to know about the souls there. They weren’t being hidden, their graves were wide open & there was no guard. Virgil said the tombs would be sealed on Judgment Day. Here lied buried the soulsContinue Reading

Canto 7 Pluto spoke out in gibberish & Virgil said to Dante that he ought not to be worried because Pluto wouldn’t do him any harm. Then he spoke to Pluto & told him to shut up. They were there because it was willed to be that way from highContinue Reading