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[Jöns encounters a man painting a church mural about mass death]
Jöns: Why all this daubing?
Painter: To remind people of death.
Jöns: That won't make them any happier.
Painter: Why make them happy? Why not scare them?
Jöns: Then they won't look at your picture.
Painter: Yes, they will. A skull is more interesting than a naked woman.
Jöns: If you scare them—
Painter: They think—
Jöns: Then they think.
Painter: And are still more scared.
Jöns: And fall into the arms of the priests.
. . .
[Jöns points to a part of the mural with a line of suffering people]
Jöns: What's that rubbish there?
Painter: People think the plague is a punishment from God. Crowds wander the land lashing each other to please the Lord.
Jöns: Lashing each other?
Painter: Yes, it's a horrible sight. You feel like hiding when they pass.
Jöns: Give me a gin. I've had nothing but water. I feel as thirsty as a desert camel.
Painter: Scared after all?
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