A pedlar, much like the traveling merchants who journeyed from one medieval hamlet to another, is walking swiftly despite his heavy burden, trying to reach his destination. But he will never reach it since death has gotten a hold of him.
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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.