Minos is the beast judge of Dante's Hell. In mythology he was a wise,
though stubborn judge, but Dante twists his form into the shape of a bull. He now
has a tail, which he uses to judge the sinners.
Sinners entering hell appear before Minos, tell him what they have done, and
he assigns them their proper place in one of Hell's circles by the number of
times he winds his long tail around his body.
Their punishment is to be whirled around forever in a gale (wind).
Paolo and Francesca (a married woman) were lovers while they lived.
is to be stuck together forever in the act of making love without
satisfaction—their sinful pleasure in life is now their torchure.