The Four Tempters: Mans life is a cheat and a dissapointment: all things are unreal, unreal or disappointing: The Catherine wheel, the pantomime cat, the prizes given at children’s party, the prize awarded for the English Essay, the scholars degree, the statesman’s decoration. All things become less real
The tempters are going in for the kill here, and are saying some really frightening things. They are basically saying that no matter what you accomplish, you will be disappointed when you inevitably die at the end of it all.
The archbishop probably did not need them to finish the speech to understand what was going on, and what was about to happen. If only he read the cover of the book, he might have had at least as much of a warning as we did.
Also, the chorus makes another appearance a little before this, giving their usual warnings and letting us know that something is about to happen, and it will not be good. I feel like the chorus does not have a strong enough effect when it is read. It felt a lot more powerful when we heard it spoken by a whole group of people.