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Annotations 1. Cambon a. Cambon argues that Francesca and Paolo’s story is a tragedy, and he analyzes the dynamics and syntax of the speech itself. He brings up the idea, like Freccero, of Francesca’s nobility and breeding through the undertones of the femme’s words. The pause in the whirlwind and Dante’s pause are analogous of each other, and Cambon spends a lot of time analyzing the description of the storm. Francesca’s obsession with the “fiery dawn of love” effects each of her “posthumous speeches” in that “her very discourse constitutes a mimesis of the whirl in which she is eternally caught” (67). The painful birth of poetry from the blind chaos of passion is central to the canto, and the reading of Lancelot de Lac is also key to Francesca’s downfall. Instead of sobering the lovers, the story acts as a contributing factor to the transformation of love to despair. It is also important to note that the Beatrice-Dante dynamic had the
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