This drawing was inspired by the passage in Candide where the old woman talks of her life. In the end of the chapter she says that she has come close to ending her life hundreds of times and yet she is still very fond of life. She says that this is weakness is one of humanity's worst instincts. Humans tend to carry on a burden rather than to drop it to the ground. It is in our nature to endure even when we know that we would be better off by losing our burden.