This drawing was made when Solomon was working on 'A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep', and its imagery is closely linked with the text: all of the figures seen here feature in Solomon's narrative. From left to right they can be identified as Sleep, Memory (shown listening to the sounds in a sea shell), Eternal Silence, Love, Pleasure, Passion and finally, Death who extinguishes a burning torch.
Solomon saw the figures of Pleasure and Passion as counterparts of one another. The former, smiling and 'naked but guileless', was seen by him as a positive figure representing fulfilling, intense though short-lived pleasure 'even as sweet notes heard once but lost for ever.' Her counterpart, Passion, weeping and with her hair transformed into tormenting snakes, represents unfulfilled desire turned to bitter anguish and frustration: 'her wasted beauty preyed upon itself; her face was whitened with pale fires, a hollow image of unappeased desire ... '