Canto 8 Summary and Analysis
Phlegyas: The mariner on the Styx who comes for Dante and Virgil
Filippo Argenti: Florentine resident; had differed politically with Dante
At the top of the tower Dante and Virgil see two sparks of light; in the distance two sparks answer and Phlegyas, the angry oarsman, arrives. Phlegyas does not like the fact that Dante and Virgil are only visitors and not to be permanent residents of the area.
Dante expresses anger toward the soul in the mud who tries to hold their boat. Dante expresses this contempt toward the man—whom he recognizes. Virgil commends Dante for his expression of contempt...
(The entire section is 453 words.)