Why were they damned? Dante himself is in an agony of doubt. It does not satisfy him to be told that one must refuse to love all things that are speciously attractive, to scorn love that cannot be affiliated to the love of God. Dante believes that in love all things are safe; it confuses him to be told by Virgil that love is at the root of all evil conduct as well as of all good conduct; it maddens him to be told that love, which springs from absolute necessity, must be arrested by power of will. . . . It maddens me; no one was ever happy to be invited to suspect the goodness of his own love. . . .Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Italian Days.