The dishonest lawyer is accepting a fee from a rich client, while behind him a poor man is lamenting that his lack of money is preventing him from standing up to his wealthy opponent. Death also contributes to the lawyer's fee, by adding his own coin, but reminds the lawyer that his hourglass has run out. The lawyer appears to be paying little attention, being focused on counting his money.
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The Dance of Death is an important allegory commenting on human mortality and the passing transience of life. It depicts Death as a fairly jovial skeleton armed with a scythe, who invites his victims to a dance which invariably ends in their demise. The point of the allegory is that no one can refuse its invitation to the dance: hgh church officials, kings or paupers, all must dance and eventually die.