We do not see the actual expulsion in the drawing above. Fifty years later, Holbein made the dramatic image to the right, in which an angel uses a flaming sword to chase Adam and Eve naked out of Paradise.
According to the Bible, it happened a bit differently: God gave the couple »coats of skins, and clothed them«, before he sent Adam out, and presumably Eve too, even though this is not specified anywhere (Genesis 3:21-23). It was only after the fact that God »placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims (in the plural) and a flaming sword which turned every way« (Genesis 3,24).
Death will separate
soul and body, it's her office.
And by this action
96 she will demonstrate divine justice.
The pictures show an angel — cherubims have two or three pairs of wings and four faces. In the background of "Mors", top of this page, another angel passes three arrows and a divine authorization on to Death.
The three arrows that God uses to punish the sinful world are a familiar theme, and usually they are named Plague, War and Famine (pictured left), but as we shall see in the next pages, these arrows are a little different.
»Sera par moy tost mis ad fin«. This line (104) is probably in error, since it's almost the same as 102.
In the Ambrosiana manuscript the line is instead: »Morront, et fussent my affin«.