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The man in bed is treated with a decoction of guaiacum wood which is being chopped and prepared in the kitchen. A picture on his bedroom wall serves as a reminder of the promiscuous behaviour which caused his downfall. In reality, it is unlikely that such a large supply of guaiacum would have been readily available.

Engraving by Philipp Galle (1537-1612) after Jan van der Straet (1523-1605).