Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 33: do you ever cry?






“Do you ever cry?”

Ugolino’s heart is stone

It’s not made of flesh


NOTE: Ugolino tells his story to Dante, and he asks, “If you do not cry at what I am telling you, do you ever cry?” But Ugolino also says that he did not cry. Why not? He is an evil man. He was involved in devious political manipulations and betrayals. At this point, his heart has turned to stone. The King James Version translation of Ezekiel 36:26 says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” But the things Ugolino did earned him a heart of stone, not a heart of flesh.




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