He then slides down the slope with Dante in his arms, thus foiling the demons, who may not leave their assigned pouch.
Now in the Sixth Pouch, Virgil and Dante see a group of souls trudging along in a circle, clothed in hats, cowls, and capes.
The other demons turn to listen to their coworker, and the soul races back to the pitch and dives in, not intending to return.
Furious, two of the demons fly after the soul but become mired in the sticky blackness.
The date he gives for its destruction matches that of the earthquake that Virgil describes in Canto XII.
However, one of the advantages of being a writer is that the whole of your experiences is potential material for the pen.
Entering the Fifth Pouch of the Eighth Circle of Hell, Dante sees “an astounding darkness.” The darkness is a great pit filled with a kind of boiling tar similar to what the Venetians used to patch their ships (XXI.6).
As Dante examines the pitch to determine its composition, Virgil yells for him to watch out: a demon races up the rocks on the side of the pit, grabbing a new soul and tossing him into the blackness.
As Dante leaves the Fifth Pouch, it is around seven in the morning on Holy Saturday, April 9.
Recently I have written blogs that were basically of the solemnity variety; it is time for levity. (Happy face.) I used to be a psychologist and I really enjoyed the work.He finds that Malacoda lied to him about the existence of a connecting ridge, and now learns the proper route.