Qui novam rem audientes, occidere illum moliti sunt." Damian was, however, forced to concede Romuald's failure with bishops, grudgingly admitting that it would have been easier to convert a Jew to the faith than a simonist
bishop: 35, 76.
As Alberto Chiari has observed,(17) this unusual, prophetic tone in the mouth of a sinner sets the stage for the pilgrim, who begins where Nicholas ends, denouncing the simonists
with a flurry of biblical examples.
However, under Smarr's lens this tale, with its narrative within the narrative, reveals a heretofore unsuspected complexity, with links to the Book of Matthew and Dante's depiction of the Simonists
in Inferno 19.
Among the evil counselors who have used their high mental gifts for guile, Ulysses is deeper down than the simonists