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Hinc metuunt cupiuntque, dolent gaudentque, neque auras dispiciunt clausae tenebris et carcere caeco. 6·730--734 (And fiery energy from a heavenly source Belongs to the generative seeds of these, So far as they are not poisoned or clogged By mortal bodies, their free essence dimmed By earthiness and deathliness of flesh. This makes them fear and crave, rejoice and grieve. 6 ("Mars dicta, quod sit amara, vel a Marte, qui est effector mortium" [Migne PL Ill, col. 213 ("Mars dicta est ... quia mordeat vel a morsu parentis primi, per quem morimur, vel a Marte qui interfector est hominum, vel mars quasi amaror, quia amara sit") and 9.

Cf. R. J. Pegis, "Numerology and Probability in Dante," Medieval Studies 29 (1967): 370-373. An attempt at a general numerological interpretation of the Commedia While such a pattern reinforces my general reading of cantos 14-18, I think there are some reasons for caution about such a procedure. First of all, its recondite character makes it ultimately less convincing than the fully visible pattern at the center of Purgatory. There is, secondly, the problem of its statistical probability. In a system of progressions ofthree-terza rima makes this automatic-whose upper limit is 154 (canto 17) and lower limit 130 (canto 3), there are nine possible verse count figures: a number sufficiently large to render the random occurrence of Singleton's pattern highly unlikely.

But to accomplish this transformation of the will, the son must be shown how the supplement of the otherworld acts to undermine all strictly terrestrial economies. 3 8 Death stands at the center of this inflation of eternal perspectives and deflation of strictly historical ones, because, as the most immovable of all of history's obstacles, it remains the key to the success or failure of the father's prophetic intercession. 5-6). 17] collecta descriptio est et integrum quoddam universitatis corpus effingitur, quod quidem To mil' id est omne dixerunt, unde et hic dicit cOllexa sunt omnia.

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