tormentor

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tormentor

In a theater, one of a pair of curtains or a rigid framed structure running parallel to the front of the stage, just behind the proscenium; used to frame the sides of the inner proscenium opening and to conceal the offstage wings from the audience.
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You think me foolish to call instruction a torment, but if you had been as much used as myself to hear poor little children first learning their letters and then learning to spell, if you had ever seen how stupid they can be for a whole morning together, and how tired my poor mother is at the end of it, as I am in the habit of seeing almost every day of my life at home, you would allow that
As I understand it,' Jake concluded, `it will be a matter of years to pray his soul out of Purgatory, and right now he's in torment.
I remembered the account of Dives in torment, and shuddered.
But one day, unable to bear the torment longer, he flew at one of the biggest bullies in the school.
I may also add, that it appears by some papers in my possession, that the officers or Country Keepers on the border, were accustomed to torment their prisoners by binding them to the iron bars of their chimneys, to extort confession.
I think I've hearn tell o' the Lord, and the judgment and torment.
I'd rather go to torment, and get away from Mas'r and Missis.
Now, my father, the steam from my flesh had been drawn from my hand by the heat, and the flame got hold of me and ate into my flesh, and its torment was great.
Now I took my hand from the flame, and for awhile the torment left me.
These are the marks of the fire in Chaka's hut--the fire that kissed me many, many years ago; I have had but little use of that hand since this night of torment.
After working with a VR avatar that "mirrored the behaviour of this demon", he credited the programme with diminishing his torment sufficiently for him to return to work and to a social life.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.