"a large hall, without the servant, which reminds me of an Inferno with its diabolical punishments"

    'Inferno' is the Italian word for Hell, given wider usage by Dante Alighieri's epic 14th-century poem of that name.  The first part of his Divine Comedy, an allegorical trilogy representing Dante's own imagined journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, it draws on both Biblical scripture and classical myth to vividly depict the monstrous wardens of Hell and the graphic torments visited on its inmates. 


Online edition of Dante Alighieri's 'Divine Comedy' as translated by Rev. HF Cary, M.A., (1805)