Purgatorio Canto XXII

Purgatorio 22

‘how could avarice find room
amidst such wisdom in your breast,
the wisdom that you nourished with such care.’

vv. 139-141

Ascent to the Sixth Ledge – Discourse of Statius and Virgil. – Entrance to the Ledge: the Gluttonous. – The Mystic Tree. – Examples of Temperance.

With another “P” removed from his forehead, Dante rises to the next terrace. Virgil wonders how Statius could have been avaricious, but he responds that Virgil is mistaken: he was on that terrace but suffering due to sinful prodigality rather than excess greed. He explains faults which are opposites, like greed and prodigality, are grouped on Mount Purgatory. Statius continues, telling Virgil that his poetry moved him towards Christianity and wondering why Virgil was not saved. Virgil satisfies his curiosity by explaining where the other classical writers are, and Dante follows behind the two as they chat, learning about “the art of verse.” They come to a tree, laden with what a voice calls “a food that you shall lack.” It continues, listing examples of temperance: Mary, Roman matrons, Daniel, and John the Baptist, who ate honey and locusts in the wilderness.

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