Rent from the Chin

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Rent from the chin to where one breaketh wind
He was rent from the chin to where one breaketh wind.

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Robarts Library, the Internet Archive

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An eviscerated man stands showing his wound to two others as more victims lament around them and a demon keeps torturing people in the background.
This picture illustrates the following passage:

A cask by losing centre-piece or cant
Was never shattered so, as I saw one
Rent from the chin to where one breaketh wind.
(Inferno, Canto XXVIII. Translation: Henry W. Longfellow.)

The caption reads in the original French: Il était fendu depuis le menton jusqu’au fond des entrailles.

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