The Porter is imagining what it would be like to be the gatekeeper of hell. So who would he encounter at the fiery entrance? A farmer, who had hoarded his crops to sell at inflated prices during the next famine and then hanged himself when the famine never came. The sins of greed and suicide make him the perfect candidate.
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