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ferries dead across the river Styx. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 147; Ital. Lit.: Inferno.]
Julian the Hospitaler
took the Christ child and the weak across river. [Christian Hagiog.: Hall, 68]
carries leper across river. [Christian Hagiog.: Hall, 181]
conveyed Dante and Virgil through Stygian marsh. [Ital. Lit.: Inferno]
“one who has attained goal,” personified in ferryman role. [Ger. Lit.: Siddharta]
jolly member of Robin Hood’s gang; carries Robin over stream but dumps him coming back. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
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