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 From Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish "...death is a torture in so far as it is not simply a withdrawal of the right to live, but is the occasion and the culmination of a calculated gradation of pain: from decapitation (which reduces all pain to a single gesture, performed in a single moment - the zero degree of torture), through hanging, the stake and the wheel (all of which prolong the agony), to quartering, which carries pain almost to infinity; death-torture is the art of maintaining life in pain, by subdividing it into a 'thousand deaths', by achieving before life ceases 'the most exquisite agonies' (cf. Ollyffe)."

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