We read Cantos VI through X in The Inferno of Dante (Robert Pinsky translation) for class today. I so enjoyed Dante the poet’s message in Canto VII — how vain worldly goods are and what part Lady Fortune plays in our lives.

Here we have Virgil driving the point home to Dante the pilgrim:

You see from this
How all the gold there is beneath the moon,
Or that there every was, could not relieve
One of these weary souls.