Earlier I mentioned that in Hell Paolo and Francesca could not touch.
Well, reading what you guys have written it seems that Dante doesn't
say this directly. Still, it seems to be a common enough
interpretation of their blowing in the wind. Here is a little on this
that I picked up at http://www.nku.edu/~eng151/second.htm I'm not
claiming this as authority, just as another take on their punishment.
Paolo and Francesca Are Close to One Another But Are Not Touching
Dante was a devout Roman Catholic; people of that denomination believe,
when two people marry, their souls unite under God and are forever
bound to one another. Paolo and Francesca were married to other
people, and their souls were fused with their spouse's
soul. Francesca's soul was fused to her husband's soul, and Paolo's
soul was fused to his wife's soul. Therefore, Francesca and Paolo's
souls could never truly unite even with the love they had for one
another and the sexual relationship that took place.
Now, on to that allusion thing. Dido and Francesca are in the same
cirle of Hell. Dante has Francesca speaking in a way to borrow/mimic
Aenae's speech to Dido or else to allude to it. I can see the
borrowing but is there some other way of it being an allusion other
than one of these two things:
1) fate plays a part in P&F as in A&D
2) a way of Dante to wink at the reader ("Hey, remind you all of Dido?
Well, notice that she is here too? Clever me.")