"Down to the second, that less space begirds, And so much greater dole, that goads to wailing"

(Canto 5, lines 2-3)

In the second circle are punished the souls guilty of sins of the flesh. As Dante's hell is funnel-shaped, each circle is smaller than the preceding one, while the sins of the souls punished are greater. Here Dante hears wailing, instead of the mere sighs of the ghosts of Limbo.