Dante and Virgil approach the banks river Acheron where the souls of the damned gather to cross into the boundary of Hell. They watch as suddenly a boat approaches the shore, guided by the monstrous Charon. He orders them into the boat, whacking any laggard passengers with his oar. Charon recognizes Dante as one who is still alive and refuses him entry, however Virgil informs Charon that it’s God’s will Dante enters Hell.
As the souls of the damned hear Charon announce their doom, the color drains from their faces and their teeth begin to chatter.
.At this point a howling wind with a reddish light, knocks Dante unconscious until he wakes up on the other side of the river.