“If he is such an expert on Dante, let him lecture on Dante, to the Studiolo.”
Sogliato hissed the name as though it were the Inquisition.
“Let him face them extempore, next Friday if he can.”
The Studiolo, named for an ornate private study, was a small, fierce group of scholars who had ruined a number of academic reputations and met often in the Palazzo Vecchio. Preparing for them was regarded as a considerable chore, appearing before them a peril.
– Thomas Harris, Hannibal.