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Dance of Death: The Nun

Death Comes for the Nun

The Nun

A young nun has admitted her lover into her apartment, who is playing a lute for her. She hesitates whether to listen to his music or devote herself to her prayers, hanging on the balance between temptation and virtue. But it is too late: death extinguishes the candles, and her life. In some ways, this vignette recalls the later motif of Death and the Maiden. It suggests that there is more at stake here than merely eartly death. If she yields, and breaks her vows, the woman will be lost spiritually.

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