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#Philological detail: Mrs. O'Doherty keeps perpetuating a wrong attribution of 'hottest part of hell reserved for those who stay silent at times of moral crisis.' (or the like). , 39m46s is already the 3rd time I heard her say that. This is at best a
.. loose paraphrase of a more complex passage in Dante's #Inferno. Specifically, the "hottest" doesn't have any textual basis! To the contrary, Dante describes an eerily forlorn (rather cold) place OUTSIDE #hell, reserved for such souls: cf.
For your
.. convenience, I summarize the #punishment that #Dante imagines fence-sitting souls will receive after death:
• they are kept in a kind of antechamber of #hell, together with those #angels who were neither faithful nor rebellious to god
• they utter sounds of lamentation
..which are caused not only by physical pain but also by their knowingly having lost any hope of dying, and their having to live a perpetual life of envy (envying every other fate)
• neither #pity nor #justice are given to these souls
• while it is not clear from the text
.. that at this point #Dante is still speaking of the SAME class of souls, it seems that those souls are also condemned to chase "una 'nsegna", and in some sense are not allowed to ever rest while doing so,
• among those nsegna-chasers, ..
.. Dante singles out one who "che fece per viltade il gran rifiuto", which (some say) might refer to the soul of "Coelestin V", who was #pope for a few months in 1294), and who for the last two years of his life lived as a #hermit, and who was the last pope to resign before
..#BenedictXVI's #resignation in 2013.
• the souls in the peculiar antechamber of hell are hated by BOTH God AND by God's enemies
• Dante says of these souls that they are those "che mai non fur vivi", hence it seems that Dante is of the opinion that there is the implication
..(remain neutral) ⇒ (never live)
• those souls are condemned to be #naked and to be stung "da mosconi e da vespe", so much so that their faces are wet with a mixture of #blood and #tears, a mixture which is said to trickle down all the way to the cowards' feet (where worms
.. are drinking said blood-tear-mixture.
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The idea that this is a cold place of hell is induced by in particular (1) the worms, (2) the running tears and blood. Both are ideas which are rather associated with cold than with heat.
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