Inferno, Canto 2. Some basic ideas. This Canto could be called “Dante Doubts”. At the end of Canto 1, Dante agrees to follow Virgil through the other world. At the beginning of Canto 2, it is getting darker. It is the afternoon of Good Friday, Easter weekend.
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Some basic ideas
Virgil gets upset with him and announces that he will tell him a story that should make Dante’s fears go away.
When telling Dante this story, Virgil tells him that he, Virgil, asked Beatrice, how she descended from Heaven to Hell, if this was forbidden.
After hearing about the holy women in Heaven who are concerned about him, Dante is filled with courage again.
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