The rope-walker symbolises a level of perfection in physical and mental self-control that goes beyond skill. Such grace, according to Gracian, goes beyond learning and is the highest of all talents:

Grace is everything. It’s the life of talents, the breath of speech, the soul of action, the adornment of adornments themselves. All other perfections are an embellishment of nature, but grace is an embellishment of these perfections themselves. It is the highest privilege; it owes the least to study and is even superior to discipline. (Maxime 127, ‘Manual Oracle’)