. It is a fine divination of Carlyle from the Non han speranza di morte that one day it had risen sternly benign in the scathed heart of Dante that he, wretched, never resting, worn as he was, would shouldj full surely die. Philosophy had made him forget Beatrice; it was Philosophy who was to bring him back to her again, washed clean in that very stream of forgetfulness that had made an impassable barrier between them.
Purgatorio, XXXI. 103. Dante had known how to find in her the gift of Achilles's lance,
Which used to be the cause First of a sad and then a gracious boon. Inferno, XXXI. 5, 6. There is another possible, and even probable, theory which would reconcile the Beatrice of the Purgatorio with her of the Vita Nuova. Suppose that even in the latter she signified Theology, or at least some influence that turned his thoughts to God?
Pietro di Dante, commenting the pargoletta passage in the Purgatorio, says expressly that the poet had at one time given himself to the stud