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The Souls of Those Who Only Repented at the Point of Death   1824-27
pen, ink and watercolour over pencil and black chalk (NGV 30)
Felton Bequest, 1920
National Gallery of Victoria

Purgatorio V, 37-57 and VI, 28-48. Although Dante describes the souls of those who only repented at the point of death as running, Blake illustrates Dante's simile of flaming vapours and shows the souls as airborne, turning in a great circle. He also seems to show them in pairs, male and female.

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