chapter  XX
The Triad Bridge and the Brig o ’ Dred in Mediaeval Days
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THE TRIAD BRIDGE AND THE BRIG O’ DRED IN MEDIAEVAL DAYS.

We next see the Brig o’ Dred, shaped like a saw, which is supported by two devils. Across this souls are passing, which are usually described as being those of "Cheating Tradesmen.” They are five in number, and judging from what they are carrying consist of a milkman, with a tithe of milk, two woolworkers, a mason and a smith. Underneath are the fires of Hell, in which a usurer, surrounded by his money bags, is being tormented, while on either side are other unfortunate victims, guarded by demons. In the centre is a ladder, which completely divides the fresco, and leads from the bottom of the Under­ world to Paradise, represented by clouds, in the midst of which Christ can be seen. While some souls succeed in climbing up to Paradise, others fall off, or are pulled off by demons. In the left hand section a woman who fed her pets and ignored the poor is punished by having her hand gnawed by a dog, while in a huge cauldron two demons are boiling murderers, probably poisoners, since this was the penalty inflicted on poisoners in the middle ages.