the theme of the first temptation. It’s another story scene, but hardly a slice of everyday life. This apple-picking is no innocent country pastime, and not a miracle but a curse. I must say these apples don’t look as tempting as yesterday’s, but the feather-crowned serpent looks suitably disreputable, rather like the Grinch who stole Christmas, another villain who “slithered and slunk” and lied to an innocent girl.
[Picture: Detail from The Fall of Man, woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, c. 1509/10 (Image from wikimedia commons)]