Dante runs back to the dark woods after encountering a leopard, lion, and she-wolf and this is what happens:
Oh have mercy on me! Are you a man or a ghost?!
I was alive... and a poet. Mantua is my city. I was born during the reign of Augustus... but why are you running? Why don't you want to climb that bright hill?
Wait! Are you Virgil? Like THE Virgil who is the famous Roman poet?! I adore you so much, and your works are incredibly amazing. You are my TEACHER and my AUTHORITY. Could you please send scary animals away, please?
You must take another journey if you want to escape from those beasts over there.
The she-wolf will eat anyone who approaches her, but one day a great hound will come and chase her back to Hell. This will help restore Italy to its glory.
Do not fear. I will be your guide. Though, first we must go through Hell, then Purgatory, and Heaven. However, I cannot enter God's city.
Help me to flee from sin and the worse that has yet to come. Take me to this place you are telling me about, so I may see Purgatory, and then Heaven. Let's go!