Divine Comedy

Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Paradiso section 4- Paradiso section 8

 Paradiso section 4: Puzzled by two questions regarding Constance and Piccarda, Dante idles but does not broach the subjects with Beatrice.  Reading his thoughts, Beatrice first addresses Dantes question about whether souls return to the sphere of Heaven from which they were born or if all spirits live in the Empyrean (the highest level).  Beatrice …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Purgatorio section 32- Paradiso section 3

 Purgatorio section 32: Transfixed by Beatrices gaze, Dante emerges from his trance only by the dancing ladies.  Dante compares his vision to that of a person who has looked directly at the sun.  As the procession begins to move again, Dante and Statius take positions with Matilda at the wheel of the chariot.  The marchers …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Purgatorio section 27- Purgatorio section 31

 Purgatorio section 27: As the angel of chastity descends to greet the poet it sings “Beati mundo corde” (Blessed are the pure in heart).  The angel urges the travelers to cross through the river of fire because there is no other way up the mountain to the Earthly Paradise.  Terrified that he will be burned …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Purgatorio section 22- Purgatorio section 26

 Purgatorio section 22: After brushing another P from Dantes forehead, an angel directs the poets to the next level.  As they move toward the Sixth Terrace where the Gluttonous dwell, Virgil and Statius discuss the Aeneid.  Statius admits that he was so moved by this passage in Virgils epic poem that he became prodigal: “Why …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Purgatorio section 17- Purgatorio section 21

 Purgatorio section 17: The poets emerge from the smoky cloud near sunset.  Again, Dante receives visions of wrath: Procne (who killed her son), the execution of Haman, and Lavinia (who discovered the body of her mother who had hanged herself).  After the visions pass, an angel beckons Dante to mount the stairs to the Fourth …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Purgatorio section 12- Purgatorio section 16

 Purgatorio section 12: Still on the First Terrace, Virgil urges Dante to hurry because he has been keeping pace with Oderisi who walks stooped low to the ground.  Virgil also points out the scenes of pride carved into the ground so that the stooped spirits will contemplate the consequences of pride as they walk.  The …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Purgatorio section 7- Purgatorio section 11

Purgatorio section 7: The scene returns to Virgil and Sordello, fellow Mantuans. Sordello asks Virgil to identify himself. Struck with awe that he has encountered the great poet, Sordello bows down and exclaims that Virgil has brought great honor to the city of Mantua. Sordello wonders where Virgil now lives. Virgil explains that he dwells …

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Divine Comedy: Novel Summary: Inferno section 26- Inferno section 30

 Inferno section 26: Still in the seventh pouch of the Eighth Circle, Dante opens here with an invective against Florence, “Be joyous, Florence, you are great indeed, for over sea and land you beat your wings; through every part of Hell your name extends!” The travelers now move to the eighth pouch where the evil …

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