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Panel 31 - Plautilla gives her veil to Paul, en-route to his execution
Description:
This story, from Pope Linus' Life of St Paul, is an example of the hagiographic topos of the charitable gift miraculously returned to the giver (q.v. St Martin's cloak, St Edward's ring, etc). Plautilla was a follower of Paul who he encountered on his way to the place of execution. He asked her to give him her veil to wear over his eyes at his execution. Plautilla obliged and was mocked by the guards for wasting such an expensive cloth on a condemned man. The night after his death, Paul re-appeared to Plautilla and returned her veil (see panel 33).