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The Gustave Doré Of Fidelity Street


My daughter Nora, no doubt wondering what all the fuss was about, said she would like for me to read her some Dante. So I opened the first cant of Inferno, and explained it as well as I could to her. Then I began to read. I noticed that after I started, she picked up an envelope from the side table and started to draw on it with a marker. When I finished reading the canto aloud, she showed me her drawing. She illustrated Canto I. Notice Dante’s scream (“Aaaa!”), the grr snarl of the “Tiger” (she meant Lion), and the She-Wolf in the middle. And notice Virgil to the right of the hill. “That’s light coming off of him,” the artist tells me. That’s the Dark Wood on the far right. The artist is holding her illustration.

It’s not Doré, but it’s the best we got here on Fidelity Street. I love that kid.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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