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:
|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|