I like to start with what I see in the mind’s eye when I read Canto VI, staying true to what I read.
Virgil and Dante enter the Second Circle where the lustful are forever thrown around in dark dust storm. Dante sees Dido, Cleopatra, Helen, Achilles, Paris and countless others who died for love.
As Dante and Virgil are walking through the woods in the First Circle, they come upon a luminous castle emanating a hemisphere of light against the dark sky.
Virgil and Dante start on their journey through the ante-inferno where those who looked the other way and the cowardly mingle with the neutral angels on the Acheron riverside desiring to cross over. Charon sees Dante and Virgil and tells them to find another way across the Acheron River.
Beatriz decends from a place that she longs to return to visit Virgil whose soul is suspended in Limbo. She asks Virgil to guide her friend Dante out of the dark forest where he is trapped by three beasts. Virgil describes Beatriz as having eyes that surpassed the spledor of the star’s.