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I had never heard of this fairytale before I started studying this deck. I suspect the books of fairytales I read as a child had been bowdlerized.

I love the moment in the story where the old man says that he likes Death because he is so democratic, treating the rich and the poor alike--after rejecting G-d Himself as a godfather on grounds that he gives to the rich and takes away from the poor! And after rejecting the Devil himself as well. Cheeky old man!

The full version of the story has a lot more details about the candles--it's on the Internet here. A nice touch about the image on the card is that the physician's candle, which is on its last legs as we know, is shown directly in front of him.

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