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For a torture to be effective, the pain has to be spread out; it has to come at regular intervals, with no end in sight. The water falls , drop after drop after drop, like the second hand of a watch, carving up time. The shock of each individual drop is insignificant, but the sensation is impossible to ignore. At first, one might manage to think about other things, but after five hours, after ten hours, it becomes unendurable. The repeated stimulation excites the nerves to a point where they literally explode, and every sensation in the body is absorbed into that one spot on the forehead---indeed, you come to feel that you are nothing but a forehead, into which a fine needle is being forced millimeter by millimeter. You canít sleep or even speak, hypnotized by a suffering that is greater than any mere pain. In general, the victim goes mad before a day has passed. Yoko Ogawa, Revenge

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For

a

torture

to

be

effective



the

pain

has

to

be

spread

out



it

has

to

come

at

regular

intervals



with

no

end

in

sight



The

water

falls





drop

after

drop

after

drop



like

the

second

hand

of

a

watch



carving

up

time



The

shock

of

each

individual

drop

is

insignificant



but

the

sensation

is

impossible

to

ignore



At

first



one

might

manage

to

think

about

other

things



but

after

five

hours



after

ten

hours



it

becomes

unendurable



The

repeated

stimulation

excites

the

nerves

to

a

point

where

they

literally

explode



and

every

sensation

in

the

body

is

absorbed

into

that

one

spot

on

the

forehead





indeed



you

come

to

feel

that

you

are

nothing

but

a

forehead



into

which

a

fine

needle

is

being

forced

millimeter

by

millimeter



You

canít

sleep

or

even

speak



hypnotized

by

a

suffering

that

is

greater

than

any

mere

pain



In

general



the

victim

goes

mad

before

a

day

has

passed



Yoko

Ogawa



Revenge



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