Dante addresses the power that “wheels” him. To whom is he referring?

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Dante (the character) is referring to Virgil (the character), the poet who both physically and spiritually propels him through the circles of hell. Dante would not be strong enough in any sense of the word to guide himself through the horrors and spiritual growth he must accomplish. In Canto X, Dante is shown the punishment of the heretics, those who held opinions and taught against the teachings of the Church. The punishment the heretics is gruesome. They must spend eternity consumed by flames until Judgment Day, when they, and their souls, will be sealed in tombs forever. (Canto X, Circle VI)

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