| Quote #10
[Beatrice]: "From this you see that blessedness depends
Not only is true vision the basis of a good education, it is also the basis upon which God chooses how much of His love ("blessedness") one deserves. A man can only improve his vision by making himself more virtuous. If someone can willfully make herself more virtuous, the portion of grace God gives her automatically increases. In turn, one's vision becomes sharper and, seeing more of God's light, attracts more of His love.
| Quote #11
Where I expected her, another answered:
Echoing a lesson Dante learned in Purgatory, Dante's mentor disappears suddenly only to be replaced by a more worthy figure. As a student, Dante must quickly adjust to the pain of losing a beloved teacher and ready himself to absorb the wisdom of this new one. In this case, St. Bernard replaces Beatrice. Because he is a devotee to the Virgin Mary, he is the perfect replacement.