Terza Rima

Due to the papal election and the selection of Benoît Seize, I am inevitably going through a very catholic phase, in the most traditional way. So, when I saw the link in 42 (soon to get gazillions of hits due to the release of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy film), to the Dante’s Inferno Test, I seized the opportunity to take it.

My copy of Dante’s ‘Commedia’ is not mine. I borrowed it years ago in England from a Greek friend (who also lent me Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto and Dostoyevsky’s ‘The Poor’). Then she disappeared and I later learned she had become a novice in the Saint John the Baptist’s Orthodox monastery in Essex. I managed to see her once more and told her about the things — she was no longer interested in them. My favourite pieces are Canto II (“O voi chi siete in piccioletta barca…”, set to music by Preisner) and the end of Paradiso (the beatific vision of God).

Dante’s criteria for joining the ‘confutati maledicti‘ (quite different from those presented here before) are largely followed in the test. They are moral (in the narrow sense) criteria and nothing much else, criteria befitting a version of medieval (and midwestern) morality. Dante himself (and the test) are more interested in singling out “traitors” than slaughterers of the innocent, keener to condemn Paolo and Francesca than pedophiles and rapists… So why do I bother giving you my results? Oh, I am yielding to pressure by those following this blog who want to learn more about me. Here you are, then:

The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Fifth Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Low
Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) Low
Level 2 (Lustful) High
Level 3 (Gluttonous) High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Very High
Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Low
Level 7 (Violent) Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Moderate
Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Low
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2 thoughts on “Terza Rima

  1. Oh how we love such tests!

    I really don’t understand whether I am worse than you or not; apparently, the sum is not equal to its parts. Here are my results:

    The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Third Level of Hell!

    Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
    Level | Score
    Purgatory | Very Low
    Level 1 – Limbo | Very Low
    Level 2 | Very High
    Level 3 | Very High
    Level 4 | Moderate
    Level 5 | Very High
    Level 6 – The City of Dis | High
    Level 7 | High
    Level 8- the Malebolge | Very High
    Level 9 – Cocytus | High

    Yours are in general more moderate, yet, you shall suffer more! Maybe you should sin a bit more while there’s still time?

  2. Did I pass? 😉


    The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell – The City of Dis!

    Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
    Level | Score
    Purgatory | Very Low
    Level 1 – Limbo | High
    Level 2 | High
    Level 3 | High
    Level 4 | Low
    Level 5 | Low
    Level 6 – The City of Dis | Very High
    Level 7 | Moderate
    Level 8- the Malebolge | High
    Level 9 – Cocytus | Low

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