Graffiacan Grappled Him

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Graffiacan grappled him by his tresses
And Graffiacan, who of the fiends was nearest, grappling seiz'd his clotted locks.

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A man is pulled out of the water by a demon with bat-like wings, who lifts him by the hair with a fork.
This picture illustrates the following passage:

and Graffiacan,
Who of the fiends was nearest, grappling seiz’d
His clotted locks, and dragg’d him sprawling up,
That he appear’d to me an otter.
(Inferno, Canto XXII. Translation: Henry Francis Cary.)

The caption reads in the original French: … Alors Graffiacane, qui était plus près de lui, l’accrocha par sa chevelure souillée de résine.

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