Dimitri Fagbohoun's "Refrigerium
," whose materials include "wood confessional, broom, book, screws, ceramic objects, electro-luminescent paper, frame, inverter, and video with sound," allows visitors to enter two sides of an apparent confessional booth.
"This brief respite shows that Almighty God will give to these souls in the judgment day relief from their punishment and rest eternal." So upper hell is a place for expiation, and the refrigerium the souls receive in it is a foresight of the eternal peace they will enjoy after the Final Judgment.
And even when they are eternally doomed, those who had done some good deeds in their lives are regularly allowed refreshment ("refrigerium supplicii") as in The vision of the Monk of Wenlock, or alternate moments of pause (most frequent on Sundays (48)) as in The vision of Adamnan.
Moretti also offers a survey of the Latin language and style in which the PA is written: as one would expect, the PA contains morphological patterns in word-formation associated with Christian authors (for example, refrigerium
and aedificatio), and it displays numerous features of late and vulgar Latin, for instance, diminutives, pleonasms, a preference for analytical over synthetic forms (for example, prepositional constructions instead of constructions involving cases without prepositions), several quod/quia/quoniam + subjunctive constructions instead of constructions requiring only an infinitive, the use of the indicative mood in indirect questions, the employment of the so-called nominativus pendens, and so on.
4.7-19), an indication that Boethius, too, thought that God saves through death, bringing with it (from Christian theology) the concept of refrigerium
For example, many Christians adopted the refrigerium
, the funerary meal, to celebrate the anniversaries of the death of the Christians, despite its associations with paganism and overindulgence.
In these, the dwelling place was often referred to as refrigerium
and the purifying fire a metaphor derived from the goldsmith's craft.
15 According to medieval conceptions, the destiny of the souls of the righteous is not limited to a subterranean refrigerium
, as described by A.
L[ewis]'s new moral allegory or 'vision,' based on the mediAEval fancy of the Refrigerium
, by which the lost souls have an occasional holiday in Paradise" (Letters 71).