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They fill him with fear and drive him back down to the sunless wood. At that moment the figure of a man appears before him; it is the shade of VIRGIL, and the Pilgrim begs for help. Virgil tells him that he can not overcome the beasts which obstruct his path; they must remain until a ?GREYHOUND' comes who will drive them back to Hell...
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Rather by another path will the Pilgrim reach the sunlight, and Virgil promises to guide him on that path through Hell and Purgatory, after which another spirit, more fit that Virgil, will lead him to Paradise. The Pilgrim begs Virgil to lead on, and the Guide starts ahead. The Pilgrim follows.
View a Picture of Dante Lost in the Dark Wood
View a Picture of The Lion Confronting Dante
Notes on Canto I
Early critics of Dante thought that the three beasts that block the Pilgrim's path as symbolising three specific sins: lust, pride and avarice, but it may be that they represent the three major divisions of Hell...
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