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Dante’ Purgatory: Canto 19 Retelling — Fifth Ledge — Avarice and Wastefulness

Chapter 19: Fifth Ledge — Avarice and Wastefulness (Purgatory) Just before dawn, a time when dreams sometimes bring truth, Dante dreamed about a hag — a stutterer and stumbler, with crossed eyes, yellow skin, and hands deformed as if by … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 18 Retelling —  Fourth Ledge — Sloth (Abbot of San Zeno)

Chapter 18: Fourth Ledge — Sloth (Abbot of San Zeno) (Purgatory) When Virgil had finished speaking, he looked at Dante to see if he wanted more information. Dante, although he wanted more information, wondered whether Virgil was tired of answering … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 17 Retelling — Fourth Ledge — Sloth

Chapter 17: Fourth Ledge — Sloth (Purgatory) Imagine being caught in a mountain fog. Imagine trying to see through the fog with eyes that seem to be covered with membranes, partially blinding you. Imagine that the fog begins to dissipate, … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 16 Retelling — Third Ledge — Anger (Marco Lombard)

Chapter 16: Third Ledge — Anger (Marco Lombard) (Purgatory) No night was ever so dark as the darkness created by the smoke that enveloped Dante and Virgil. No veil ever obscured vision as much as that smoke. The smoke was … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 15 Retelling — Third Ledge — Anger

Chapter 15: Third Ledge — Anger (Purgatory) The time was 3 p.m. — the Sun is never still just as a child running and playing is never still — when Dante saw a light that was brighter than any that … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 14 Retelling — Second Ledge — Envy (Guido del Duca, Rinier da Calboli

Chapter 14: Second Ledge — Envy (Guido del Duca, Rinier da Calboli (Purgatory) Dante heard a saved soul say to another saved soul, “Who is this living man who can open and shut his eyes as he wishes?” The other … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 13 Retelling — Second Ledge — Envy (Sapia)

Chapter 13: Second Ledge — Envy (Sapia) (Purgatory) Dante and Virgil reached the next ledge: the second ledge of Purgatory Proper. This terrace was much like the one below it, but because it was higher on the mountain, the circle … Continue reading

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