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Gary Inbinder responds to
Challenge 267...

“In His House”

Challenge 267: What do the Seven represent in Peter A. Balaskas’ “In His House”? What do Francis and Christine represent?

I assume the Seven represent the seven deadly sins, and I believe “In His House” is a retelling of Dante’s Inferno, which would make Francis Virgil, Christine Beatrice, and the narrator Dante? Leech is obviously Satan.

To be more precise, the “House” may represent the seven terraces of Purgatory where the seven deadly sins are purged. So this may be more a “riff” on the Purgatorio than the Inferno. Regardless, “In His House” does seem to draw heavily on The Divine Comedy.

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