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Quote #10

Down went the heap of struggling men again and rolled over. There was, I am afraid, some savage kicking. Then suddenly a wild scream of "Mercy! Mercy!" that died down swiftly to a sound like choking. (28.17)

One final example of a community: a group of people kicking a stranger to death. It goes to show you that community can be a little dangerous, both for those on the inside (who will get punished for breaking the rules and traditions – think of The Scarlet Letter) and for those on the outside (who can, you know, get beaten to death).

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