The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:|
fastening the legs, numellae for confining the shoulders, and
scorpions or whips with triple thongs terminating in brass claws.
All were placed facing the sun, in the direction of Moloch the
Devourer, and were stretched on the ground on their stomachs or on
their backs, those, however, who were sentenced to be flogged standing
upright against the trees with two men beside them, one counting the
blows and the other striking.
In striking he used both his arms, and the whistling thongs made the
bark of the plane-trees fly. The blood was scattered like rain upon
the foliage, and red masses writhed with howls at the foot of the
trees. Those who were under the iron tore their faces with their