l living when the poet was nine years old. If so, he must have died soon after, for Leonardo Aretino, who wrote with original documents before him, tells us that Dante lost his father while yet a child.
This circumstance may have been not without influence in muscularizing his nature to that character of self-reliance which shows itself so Constantly and sharply during his after-life.
His tutor was Brunetto Latini, a very superior man (for that age), says Aretino parenthetically.
Like Alexander Gill, he is now remembered only as the schoolmaster of a great poet, and that he did his duty well may be inferred from Dante's speaking of him gratefully as one who by times taught him how man eternizes himself.
This, and what Villani says of his refining the Tuscan idiom (for so we understand his farli scorti in bene parlare
Though he himself preferred French, and wrote his Tresor in that language for two reasons, la una perche noi siano in Francia, e la altra perched la parlatura fran