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Absalon's name is that of King David's beloved and beautiful but disloyal son, and Absalon's  vocation as an incense-swinger is also comically relevant. As noted earlier, Absalon is a man  "squeamish of farting," one who perfumes his breath and person to make himself attractive — the  incongruity of a man scenting his breath as a prelude to kissing a woman's "arse" is comically  inappropriate even though it defies analysis. A popular modern way of approaching or interpreting the story is in terms of  eschatology  (a concern  for heavenly matters and the afterlife) and  scatology  (a preoccupation with excrement or the  obscenities of this world). In general, one of the particular aims or theological struggles of the  medieval man was to live through this earthly life of temptations and to survive its pitfalls in the hope  of heavenly rewards.
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