Charon is at first reluctant to ferry Aeneas

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Charon is at first reluctant to ferry Aeneas, a living man, across the river Acheron, but he changes  his mind when Deiphobë, commending Aeneas, shows the boatman the golden bough.  Disembarking on the other shore, Aeneas and the sibyl find themselves among the wailing souls of  dead infants; then, as they proceed, among the spirits of those who were executed for crimes they  did not commit; and then among the suicides. They come at last to the Fields of Mourning, the home  of those who died of love. Here, Aeneas meets the ghost of Dido. Knowing now that Dido killed  herself because he abandoned her, he tries to justify himself to her, saying that he left her unwillingly.  Unforgiving, Dido's ghost withdraws from Aeneas and seeks the comforting presence of the spirit of  her husband, Sychaeus, with whom she has been reunited. Aeneas and Deiphobë now come to the fields inhabited by the spirits of men famous in battle, 
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