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Volume I

Page 128



The Commedia begins with Dante finding
himself in a dark wood — selva oscura.
A setting that is starkly echoed in
the thirteenth canto.

Perhaps this is further cause for the
sympathy he demonstrate[sic] for Pietro
della Vigna.

Hmm... On the subject of the concentration
of hybrid creatures in the circle of
Hell reserved for the Violent, beyond
the elements of the grotesque-abject,
Christianity often assigned such creatures
as agents of Hell, owing to their
pagan provanence[sic].

                                            Pan/Devil
                                            (Goat imagery)