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Purgatorio

Purgatorio

  

by Dante Alighieri

Purgatorio Education Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Canto, Line). We used Allen Mandelbaum's translation.

Quote #13

From that most holy wave I now returned
to Beatrice; remade, as new trees are
renewed when they bring forth new boughs, I was
pure and prepared to climb unto the stars. (Purg. XXXIII, 142-145)

Dante’s education is complete. After his horrific lessons in Hell and his penance in Purgatory, the waters of the Lethe river wash his mind completely clean by the and he is ready for Heaven. The mundane message to take away seems to be that a good education can, after long, hard hours, provide a student access to places previously locked to him.

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