- after Inferno, Canto V
Ive heard the fair sex sometimes
feign that sweet paroxysm Eve invented
in the Garden, after she did eat
and shed learned the fleshly arts.
Its a kindly meant deception,
taking into account the way to a mans
heart is really through that huge
and tumid and God-forsaking ego of his
(the grandest organ hes got about him!),
instead of through a lesser organ, as some report.
Well, its all a game anyway, Lord help us .
And so it was that I concocted my gentle
little ruse for Francescas sake,
my girlish sham demisein short,
my famous swoon:
a tribute meant for her who brought
death into the world and would now
give a world if she could die,
down to her soul,