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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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He looked as a tortured man might look when his tormentors gave the rack the last turn of possible endurance.
Dragging the rope behind him, with no thought of escape, but in the hope that he would get at his tormentors, he leaped into the rear passage that ran behind the circle of permanent cages.
tormentors if it were not possible to be a sorcerer without knowing
The girl and the old man began to shuffle on in the crowd without their tormentors venturing to stop them.
Before that estimable lady could recover herself, or offer the slightest retaliation, she was forced into a kneeling posture by a crowd of shouting tormentors, and compelled to swallow a spoonful of the odious mixture, rendered more than usually savoury by the immersion in the bowl of Master Wackford's head, whose ducking was intrusted to another rebel.
The Jesuits were quite balked by those Indians who, being burned at the stake, suggested new modes of torture to their tormentors.
For a moment the panther stood glaring first at one of his tormentors and then at another, until, with a final scream of rage, he turned and slunk off into the tangled mazes of the jungle.
Finally, however, he lost all patience and turning to his tormentors, he said to them threateningly:
This was too much for the temper even of Stumps, and he would pursue his tormentors in a vindictive and apoplectic manner when released, but was easily pacified by twopence to buy beer with.
Dazed, suffering intolerable pain from throat and tongue, with the life half throttled out of him, Buck attempted to face his tormentors.
Mahtoree, who had awaited such a movement among his fellows, with the wary design of concealing his own jealous hatred, soon grew weary of delay, and, by a glance of his eye, encouraged the tormentors to proceed.
Then he talked to all the boys very seriously about cruelty, and said how hard-hearted and cowardly it was to hurt the weak and the helpless; but what stuck in my mind was this, he said that cruelty was the devil's own trade-mark, and if we saw any one who took pleasure in cruelty we might know who he belonged to, for the devil was a murderer from the beginning, and a tormentor to the end.