Bedelia and Inferno’s Canto III
“And he to me [Virgil to Dante]: ‘This wretched state of being is the fate of those sad souls who lived a life but lived it with no blame and with no praise. They are mixed with that repulsive choir of angels neither faithful nor unfaithful to their God, who undecided stood but for themselves. Heaven, to keep its beauty, cast them out, but even Hell itself would not receive them, for fear the damned might glory over them.’” (Inferno, III, 34-42, transl. Mark Musa)
Random thoughts: Hannibal lecturing on the Inferno in Italy, with Bedelia at his side, but never really at his side. Like the damned that wait in the vestibule of Hell in Canto III, she couldn’t decide to participate (”observe or participate?”) and remained (or pretended to remain) neutral (”observing”). And so she is in fact kept from accessing Hell and just peers at the entrance. She saw what was behind the veil, like the damned see Charon, but she was pushed away, like they are refused passage to Hell from Charon. Her punishment is, oh the irony, to hold views that aren’t her own and propagate them, because these damned’s proper punishment (contrapasso) is to run after lies forever. If your portray Will as Charon, it’s even better. (And so she wasn’t in fact with Hannibal behind the veil. She got a look at it, but access was ultimately denied.)
And this could be argument that Bedelia does not really get eaten in TWotL’s post-credit scene because that’s not her proper punishment (because, for all her closeness with Hannibal, she hasn’t been close enough) as well as argument for her getting eaten for not wanting to get close enough.