When half way through the journey of our life, I found that I was in a gloomy wood, because the path which led aright was lost. And ah, how hard it is to say just what this wild and rough and stubborn woodland was, the very thought of which renews my fear! So bitter ‘t is, that death is little worse; but of the good to treat which there I found, I’ll speak of what I else discovered there. I cannot well say how I entered it, so full of slumber was I at the moment when I forsook the pathway of the truth. Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy.