She imagined the conversation was nothing short of torture for a warrior.
But the most revolting methods of self-torture and self-destruction are also practised as a means of rising in sanctity.
How can you torture me and yourself like that, for a mere fancy? said Nicholas taking her hand.
Having thereby greatly offended the king, he was accused of being privy to a treasonable conspiracy and thrown into prison, where he died from torture or disease.
The very fact that we have debated in recent years whether we can use torture to get information that will save lives is a sign of the effects of civilization.