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21Pg6to9W11 - The currency of Purgatory Prayer fame family...

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The currency of Purgatory Prayer, fame, family ties, pity. The fortune of having a body. 1
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Fame? Pia (5.130-136) Deh – When you will have returned to the world and rested – Remember me – “la Pia” – Agency of place Siena made me; Maremma unmade me – He knows who married me 2
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Fame? Object of fascination – One behind, pointing with his finger, cried out: “See how the rays seem not to shine to the left of the one below, and how he seems to walk as if alive!” (5.4-6) – Let the people talk (5.13) 3
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Fame -- honor Two of them, like messengers, ran to meet us and asked: ‘Inform us of your condition.’ And my master: “You can go back and say to those who sent you that this man’s body is real flesh. If they stopped because they saw his shadow, as I suppose, that is a sufficient reply: let them do him honor ( Faccianli onore) , and it can be advantageous to them (5.28-35) Onorate l’altissimo poeta L’ombra sua torna ch’era dipartita ( Inf 4.80-81) 4
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Hounded by the paparazzi Like a squadron that gallops unreined (5.42) These people who are crowding on us are many, and they are coming to beg from you (5.43-4) 5
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Hounded by the paparazzi? What do they want? “O soul who go to be happy in the limbs with which you were born … Look if you ever saw any of us so that you can take news of him back there: Ah, why are you walking? Ah why do you not stop?” (5.46-51) Buona pietate 5.88 6
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Do bodies matter? Dante’s body is the reason for his fame. See how the rays seem not to shine to the left of the one below, and how he seems to walk as if alive! 5.4-9 When they perceived that my body gave no way for the rays to pass through, they changed their song into an ‘Oh!’ long and hoarse ) 5.5-30) 7
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Dice game Quando si parte il gioco de la zara (6.1-9) When the game of hazard breaks up, the one who has lost stays behind grieving, repeating the throws, and sadly learns; With the winner all the people go off; this one goes in front, this one pesters him from behind, the one alongside begs to be remembered 8
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Dice game Quando si parte il gioco de la zara (6.1-9) The winner does not stop, but listens to this one and that one; those to whom he stretches out his hand press no more upon him, and thus he defends himself from the crowding.
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