18. The "haste" to show reverence would be more fitting in Dante
toward them than vice versa. ^
2127. Not permitted to cease moving, the three do a kind of
dance around Dante and Virgil. ^
38. Guido Guerra (12201272) was a Guelph leader in battle.
His grandmother, according to Florentine tradition, was a woman
of great virtue and beauty. ^
4042. Tegghiaio Aldobrandi, Guelph leader, was the spokesman for the soldiers led by Guido Guerra in the attack on Siena.
The two of them were against the attack which led to the defeat
at Montaperti and the return of Ghibelline rule in Florence. ^
44. Jacopo Rusticucci was also a Guelph, but little more is
known about him. ^
49. Virgil would have condoned Dante's show of respect, as
indicated by lines 1519. ^
70. Little is known of Guglielmo Borsiere, although Boccaccio twice mentions him favorably. From his name, he may have been
a pursemaker. ^
77. The "face uplifted" accompanies a prophetic statement, not
94102. The river is the Montone River, and the waterfall
occurs near the San Benedetto dell'Alpe monastery in the Apennines.
Until it reached Forlì, the river was called the Acquacheta.
Monte Viso is a peak in Piedmont, at the source of the Po. ^
101102. According to Boccaccio, there was a plan to construct vast lodgings for the vassals of the Conti Guidi near the waterfall.
Alternatively, this might indicate Dante's view that the monastery
should support more monks. ^
107109. The cord probably does not point to Dante's having been
a Franciscan Friar, as old commentators believed. Rather it might
be a symbol of selfconfidence, since lines 108109 refer to his
audacious idea of catching the leopard with it in Canto I. ^