chapter  XIX
Dante’s Inferno
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Dante emerged from Hell late in the evening of Quiet Saturday and began the ascent of the Mountain of Purgatory on Easter Day. This mountain, he says, was on the opposite side of the world from that part of the earth whereon man dwells, i.e ., in the Pacific, but no doubt it originated from the Mountain of the Dawn, a fact emphasised by his reaching it on Easter Morning. As already pointed out, Paradise was thought to be near the Mountain of the Dawn, and so it was natural to assume that it was on a kind of table-land, the way to it being up the mountain which formed one of the pillars of the Gate of the Dawn.1