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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 130

That misfortunes are ever at hand

Three girls of the same age once played a dice-game to determine who would go first to the Stygian waters. The girl whom the game of chance had given the unlucky throw was laughing, blind to her fate - when suddenly she was killed by a blow to the head from a falling roof-tile. She paid for her audacious merriment with her life. In life's adversities, you can't escape bad luck: yet even in good times, neither prayers nor deeds suffice.