I liked this sharp injunction to Dante to hurry up and spit it out. You can imagine an impatient parent or schoolmaster snapping at a nervous, faltering child, a chronological equivalent to the commonly heard exasperation: ‘I’m not made of money, you know’.
‘Name your sponsor. Speak.
Or do I look as if I’m made of time?’ (Purgatory, Canto 9)
See also our illustrated quote-rich celebration of Dante’s Divine Comedy in Clive James’ superb translation.
Source: Dante, The Divine Comedy, trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. 219
Photo credit: Info254 at pixabay.com