Before we entered this vale, we heard a mass or two from the Friars Minor who were with us and were of Lombardy; and we confessed, and partook of the holy Body, and fourteen of us came with one counsel to that road, the rest of our companions going round that vale to meet us. We passed into the vale, and often we were beaten down on the road by the thunder and lightning and roaring. And there was great plenty of gold and silver and precious stones cast on the road before us and on every side of us. But we knew not whether they were real things or deceptive. And meseemed that I saw many bodies of men in that vale, and I knew not whether they were alive or dead, but I was of opinion that the Christian garb was on some of them.