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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Off Topic: Dante's "forbidden night"

A side effect of reading Federico Lanci's studies on Dante (see the Dec.-18 post) has been the realization, for the first time after thirty years, that one night is "missing" in the account of the Divine Comedy. In fact, Purgatorio 33 ends at midday, while Paradiso 1 begins in the early morning. What's happened of -- or rather, in the night in between? Well, you know, Dante and Beatrice had not 'physically' met for then years, mainly because of her death, so, maybe, hmm, they may have been celebrating their rendez-vous, who knows?  ;-)