Les Accidens de l'Homme, Justice



Telz meurtriers larrons par sentences ·
diffinitiues criminelles :
meurent a gibetz et potences ·
la sont pugnis de leurs cautelles ·

Such murderers and thieves, by sentences
legally declared criminals,
die at gallows and scaffolds –
there they are punished for their wiliness.

Les loups rauissans
La Vie de l'Homme
Hardouyn, Gallow

In Loups Ravissans, the man on the ladder to the gallows is Olivier le Daim, and the text includes a speech by the Biblical character Haman, who was hung in the Book of Esther. Two other men appear to be looking up from behind a hilltop

In Hardouyn's La Vie de l'Homme, Death tells that one dies from the rope (»L'un, par la corde«), while the other is drowned (»L'autre est noyé«). The image also shows how the two other men are lying in the water. The same is true for Godard's copy.

It must be assumed that »Such murderers and thieves« refers to the robber on the previous page. Accident is present when the murderer commits his crime, as well as when he himself is punished.

The text of "Aveugles" could indicate that "Justice", which is responsible for the execution, is yet another allegorical person: »Car Justice, qui souvent m'anticipe / Pluseurs larrons fait a ses gibets pendre«, "Because Justice, who often anticipates me, makes several thieves hang in her gibbets".

Sometimes quick Justice has executed the criminals, before they can be killed by Accident.