raisindot wrote:They've apparently arrested the woman.
The barbarian in me says she shouldn't go to jail at all. Instead, they should gouge her eyes out, so she can experience what her victim is experiencing; cut both arms off, so she'll never be able to do anything like this again; and cut her tongue out, so no one will ever have to listen to her try to rationalize her actions. Then toss her out on the street and let her fend for herself. Anyone who would do such a thing to a child deserves no mercy whatsoever.
"'To the pain' means that the first thing you lose will be your feet below the ankles. Then your hands at the wrists, next your nose... The next thing you lose will be your left eye, followed by your right... Your ears you keep, and I'll tell you why: so that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish; every babe that weeps at your approach; every woman who cries out, 'Dear God! What is that thing?' will echo in your perfect ears. That is what 'to the pain' means; it means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery, forever."
Mazekin wrote:If I wasn't afraid of what else she'd do to the poor lamb, I'd say she should wait on him hand and foot for the rest of her life. Sick bi*ch. Initially I agreed with Raisindot, but to blind her means she couldn't see the look of disgust on people's faces that know who she is and what she has done. She should be made to stand, chained to the spot in the middle of a crowded place with a sign saying what she's done, until she dies. Dependent on other people for food and water. See how long she survives, depending on other people for her survival, like this boy will most likely have to do.
Although there are many different forms, a typical cangue would consist of a large, heavy flat board with a hole in the center large enough for a person's neck. The board consisted of two pieces. These pieces were closed around a prisoner's neck, and then fastened shut along the edges by locks or hinges. The opening in the center was large enough for the prisoner to breathe and eat, but not large enough for a head to slip through. The prisoner was confined in the cangue for a period of time as a punishment. The size and especially weight were varied as a measure of severity of the punishment. The Great Ming Legal Code (大明律) published in 1397 specified that a cangue should be made from seasoned wood and weigh 25, 20 or 15 jīn (roughly equivalent to 12.5, 10 or 7.5 kilograms) depending on the nature of the crime involved. Often the cangue was large enough that the prisoner required assistance to eat or drink, as his hands could not reach his own mouth.
The word "cangue" is French, from the Portuguese "canga," which means yoke - that carrying tool has also been used to the same effect, with the hands tied to each arm of the yoke. In contemporary Standard Chinese it is called a 木枷 "mù jīa", or a 枷鎖 "jiā suǒ".
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