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He heaps all together, the Byronic Juan and the Sufi Hallaj and Sarmad, in the same purgatorial existence (recall Hartman's words earlier quoted about the purgatorial nature of the Romantic anguish) within the category of the addicts, who are all dancing together, hair disheveled, and naked.
But considered as a purgatorial allegory of neutral Ireland, the design of the book becomes clear.
But Conrad quickly complicates this tableau of the Inferno with a Purgatorial one.
The extreme dearths of the city of Bari render the blissfulness of seacoast haven all the more lovely and bountiful than in a number of other poems positing a site of terrestrial ideality, an approach to heaven-on-earth: "There is nothing so heavy with earth as the sea's breath and the breath of fresh wilderness, the camomilla fields along the shore." To reach these beatific acres, he shall have to slowly traverse the purgatorial hinterland, those "barren places" outspread between the new and old cities: "On my last day here, I will walk carefully through the barren places and find the past again, the old city ..."
For example, his treatment of institutionalised racial discrimination by the apartheid establishment as a metaphor of humans' existential loneliness or even mythical primordial human orphaning, and his theologising of torture as redemptive purgatorial fire virtually endowed an obnoxious regime with mystical divine grace and thus complicated the categories and procedures of the activist.
As many in the cast do, Douglas takes on more than one role, most notably that of Judge Frank, who presides over this purgatorial melee with querulous humor.
What then is the exact meaning of Shakespeare's attribution to a deified father (from his son's perspective) of the agonies of purgatorial imprisonment, in the apparently Protestant context of the Danish royal court, to the certainly Protestant audience of late Elizabethan London?
In these respects, contemporary society is a purgatorial
The cult of the saints, a sense of judgment based on everyday discipleship (Mt 25), and purgatorial "time" all provided a "more level playing field" (83) in comparison with the martyrs and great ascetics, and offered some relief in the face of death and judgment.
In one of the most clearly constructed essays in this volume, Paolo De Ventura then analyzes Dante's description of the earthly paradise in the last purgatorial cantos in relation to the poet's years in Ravenna, the tradition of the Biblia pauperum, the visual arts and religious drama.
After a few minutes of empty, purgatorial silence, the hitchhiker told us he was heading to Seattle to start a grunge band, though we could drop him in Pennsylvania, at his aunt's, if we grew tired of him.