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Purgatorio

Purgatorio

by Dante Alighieri
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And she [Beatrice]: “Had you been silent or denied what you confess, your guilt would not be less in evidence: it’s known by such a Judge! But when the charge of sinfulness has burst from one’s own cheek, then in our court the whet- stone turns and blunts our blade’s own cutting edge.” (Purg. XXXI, 37-42)


Beatrice, as a spokesperson for God, shows the compassion that He would. Because Dante has willingly confessed his sins and feels shame for them, the blade of justice is “blunt[ed].” Notice, however, that his confession does not lessen Dante’s guilt; Dante is not made a more virtuous person by his confession; instead, it is God who is moved to show His mercy.

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