I had not ...

63. Cf. Inferno III, 55-57:

                                  si lunga tratta
di gente, ch'io non averei creduto
che morte tanta n'avesse disfatta. click here for translation
[Eliot's note]

Dante, just outside the gate of hell, has seen "the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise." In his essay on Baudelaire, Eliot argued that in a sense it was better to be posetively evil than to be neither good nor evil. (NA)

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Dante, Inferno III
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