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Panel 12 - The friend who brings his loaves finds Anthony paralysed by the pain
12 - The friend who brings his loaves finds Anthony paralysed by the pain
Description:
After being attacked by demons, Anthony was left lying powerless and speechless on the ground, paralysed by the pain. Athanasius' account of what happened next helps to explain the events in panel 10 and panel 14:

But by the providence of God - for the Lord never overlooks them that hope in Him - the next day his acquaintance came bringing him the loaves. And having opened the door and seen him lying on the ground as though dead, he lifted him up and carried him to the church in the village, and laid him on the ground. And many of his kinsfolk and the villagers sat around Anthony as around a corpse. But about midnight he came to himself and arose, and when he saw them all asleep and his comrade alone watching, he motioned with his head for him to approach, and asked him to carry him again to the tombs without waking anybody.
[Athanasius, Vita Antoni, chapter 8]

Clearly then, the inclusion in panel 10 of the scene where he instructs his friend to bring loaves to his desert hermitage serves to explain the latter's fortuitous arrival here in panel 12, the day after the attack shown in panels 11 and 13 and helps to establish the identity of Anthony's helper in panel 14 as well.