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, but it is too late: death extinguishes the candles, and her life.
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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.