Several interpretations of the legend have been put forward by modern scholars.
He is not always very critical, and he is passionately fond of allegorical interpretations, but these were the faults of his age.
He said nothing, aware the creature before him wasn't capable of communicating a truth in a way most others could understand. Death was from a time before time. He would never understand what she saw when she looked out over humanity and saw its Past, Present, Future, and the soul of each human that ever lived. The size of her vision rendered her unique interpretations puzzling, even to him.