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The muscular young prisoner finally approached the climax of his sentence. Forced to strip off all of his clothing, he waited, alone, under the harsh light of a single overhead for the appointed hour when he would be escorted from the holding cell to another place, almost a small amphitheatre, where he would be strung up and thoroughly flogged in full sight of a fascinated crowd.
For reasons he couldn’t understand or ever explain, the anticipation of his looming, and very public, whipping gave him a sexual buzz of unusual intensity. He shuddered and hung his head at the fresh humiliation.