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  The Author and Lady Reason  
La Voie de Povreté ou de Richesse (Le Livre du Chastel de Labour) by Jacques Bruyant
France, Paris or possibly Rouen, c. 143040
The Workshop of the Bedford Master

The Author and Lady Reason Have a Vision of Judgment Day. The author, dressed in a blue gown, sits beside Lady Reason and is reminded visually of the consequences of his actions. If he lives wisely, humbly, and honestly, he will join the Virgin Mary and the angels in heaven on Judgment Day. But if he engages in fraud and deceit, he will join other evil souls in the fiery Hellmouth seen on the right.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Widener 1, fol. 49

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