As Faustus's 24 years of fame, fortune, and wish-fulfillment draw to an end, he sinks into drink and despair. On the eve before his final day, he asks one more thing of Mephistophilis...that he can have Helen of Troy, whom he has only seen before as a spirit, come to him in flesh and be his paramour. As always, Mephistophilis obeys, and Faustus spends the night in Helen's arms, vowing that he will always return to his memory of her kiss regardless of what happens to him. And then it is the night of his last day before going to Hell. His students pay him a visit, and Faustus confesses everything. They return to their chambers to pray for him, and Faustus curses Lucifer and begs God's forgiveness. But it is too late. The floor to his chamber opens to reveal the stairway to Hell. Rising the stairs is Lucifer, come to claim him. As Lucifer approaches, Faustus sees that he bears Helen's laughing face. She leads him down the stairs. In the final scene, a book appears, showing the words "Stipendium peccati mors est," which Faustus's voice translates as "The reward of sin is death."