Dante compares the lake of ice in Hell to a huge sheet of glass. Here they see thousands of sinners frozen in the lake, with only their neck and heads protruding from the ice. This is the area reserved for those who have sinned against their own family.
As Dante and Virgil progress they enter into one of the most famous scenes in the Inferno, two sinners frozen in one hole, one sinner gnawing and eating the head, hair, brains, and scalp of the other.
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