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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

In the beginning was the Sword (7)

Godfrey of Bouillon, the - fictionally - head of the whole Christian army, sees Richard not as a hero but as a menace against the whole enterprise, as he acts in the wrong way at the wrong time; a berserkr rather than a soldier. In fact, as we will see, Richard is a much more rebellious character than his equivalent in Gerusalemme Liberata, Rinaldo. Godfrey will presently force him to stop his 'self-managed' attack, and Richard will reluctantly obey, but . . .

Here again, a study on language is very interesting. Some expressions have a clear Dantesque flavor, such as "non cura intoppo o schermo" (lit.: don't care about obstacle or barrier), "e so che 'l vero affermo" (lit.: and I know that I am saying the truth), but especially the verb "inforsa," one of the famous Dantean "in-" neologisms to be often found in Paradiso, where "in-" implies a movement, a direction (e.g. introduction, invasion, etc.). In this case, it is linked to "forse," literally "maybe, perhaps," so it could be translated as the action of "perhapsing" the final victory. In the Logfellow version of the Divine Comedy, Paradiso 24, it is rendered as "there is no peradventure."