IX.  The Cardinal
There is some difficulty in ascertaining the real meaning of the designer here. It has been described as the Cardinal receiving the bull of his appointment, or as a rich man making the purchase of indulgences. Death is twisting off the Cardinal's hat.

Text from the 1947 Sylvan Press edition


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