Dante's Inferno Canto 23 Summary and Analysis

Dante Alighieri

Canto 23 Summary and Analysis

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Hypocrites: Wear cloaks with hoods, bright colors, and lead linings

Catalano and Loderingo: Two hooded friars from Bologna

Caiaphas: High priest; condemned Christ; crucified in Hell by triple stake

Summary
Dante and Virgil continue their journey single file. Dante recalls a story from Aesop of a frog and a mouse; these thoughts occupy his mind for a while, and he has a feeling of fear of the demons in the back of his mind. When he expresses his concern, Virgil admits similar fears. The two travelers now see the demons swooping low as if trying to snatch up the pair.

Dante and Virgil flee...

(The entire section is 547 words.)