The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert:|
little as she cast down her eyelids, and her long curved lashes made
shadows upon her cheeks.
Hamilcar wished to unite them immediately in indissoluble betrothal. A
lance was placed in Salammbo's hands and by her offered to Narr'
Havas; their thumbs were tied together with a thong of ox-leather;
then corn was poured upon their heads, and the grains that fell around
them rang like rebounding hail.
Twelve hours afterwards all that remained of the Mercenaries was a
heap of wounded, dead, and dying.