"you'll have seen some of Doré's pictures of sinners in hell"
Charon herding sinners onto his boat
Public DomainCharon herding sinners onto his boat

Gustave Doré was a prolific illustrator of the nineteenth century. The illustration Wyndham alludes to may well be the 1857 picture for Dante's inferno of Charon herding sinners into his boat, ready for the one-way trip to the underworld. However, another illustration by Doré, Orlando Furioso, may better suggest the chaos and bewildering suffering that Masen witnesses.


Orlando Furioso
Public DomainOrlando Furioso