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A Comedy of Errors?

Series teasers are where you try to complete the sequence of a series of letters, numbers or objects.

 

Puzzle ID:#34857
Fun:*** (2.81)
Difficulty:*** (2.61)
Category:Series
Submitted By:jazzmusician46Aau*****

 

 

 



In this teaser you have two tasks to complete. Firstly, the following list has two words missing. You are to complete the series by inserting the correct words. Secondly, you need to name what this list is about.

Limbo
Lustful
?
Misers & Spendthrifts
Wrathful & Sullen
Heretics
?
Fraudulent
Traitors


Answer

The series of 9 circles of Hell imagined by the medieval writer Dante (1265-1321):

Limbo
Lustful
Gluttonous
Misers & Spendthrifts
Wrathful & Sullen
Heretics
Violent
Fraudulent
Traitors

This is from Dante's Inferno - A Divine Comedy. Although it may not seem "funny" to us, 'The Divine Comedy' is just that, a mixed narrative, some epic, some tragedy, some melodrama, but with a happy ending (Paradise). This was the old definition of comedy, as opposed to our current notion that a comedy should keep us laughing. The Inferno, of course, is not a happy place, but since the Narrator (and presumably his readers) will learn from the Inferno to obey God and be virtuous, all these folks will have an improved chance to end up in Heaven, a definitively happy ending!

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