Purgatorio Canto XIII

Purgatorio 13

Just so the blind who lack for daily bread
at pardons take their place to beg for what they need,
one letting his head fall on another’s shoulder
so that he may more quickly prompt to pity,

vv. 61-64

Second Ledge: the Envious. – Examples of Love. – The Shades in haircloth, and with sealed eyes. – Sapia of Siena.

Dante and Virgil reach the next terrace. It is completely bare. They walk along it, uncertain of where to go. Virgil prays to the sun, asking for guidance, and after a mile of walking, a voice flies by, saying “Vinum non habent” (Latin for “they do not have wine”). Another says “I am Orestes.” Virgil realizes that this is the circle to punish envy; these voices seem to be examples of charity, and they act as “opposite notes” to envious dispositions. We learn why they are only voices: the envious are stuck to the terrace walls, bent in supplicant-like positions, with their eyes sewn shut with metal wire. Dante, realizing they can see only the light of the sun, calls out to them, asking if any are Italian. One corrects him, saying that “all of us are citizens / of the one true city.” Habitation on Earth is only temporary. The speaker was from Siena; she is Sapia. She watched with joy as her enemies were defeated in battle, but she repented at last. Dante offers to do something for her on Earth, and she asks that he restore her name among her family.

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