| Quote #7
And through the incandescent air there ran
In the Earthly Paradise, Dante reproaches the first woman, Eve, for scorning God’s warning and overreaching her bounds by tasting of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Dante sounds personally offended by her transgression; he is spiteful at being robbed of “savor[ing] those ineffable delights” because of her. This also establishes Dante as somewhat proud, for he assumes that he is virtuous enough to deserve to live in Eden.
| Quote #8
[Beatrice]: “Dante, though Virgil’s leaving you, do not
After the only mention of his own name in the entire Divine Comedy, Dante hastens to apologize for naming himself. Instead of devaluing the importance of his name, however, his bashfulness only seems to heighten its importance, thereby increase Dante’s fame.
| Quote #9
[Beatrice]: “Nevertheless, that you may feel more shame
Beatrice has no qualms about stating outright that she is here to humiliate Dante, so that when future temptations (“Sirens”) come, he "may be more strong.” She wants him to “feel more shame” at his sins, so that he will not commit the sin of pride again.