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I thought of Marsyas, whom the god flayed because he had dared to rival him in song.
One day he came to the King and said, 'If Ring is such a mighty man, I think you might ask him to kill the wild oxen in the wood here, and flay them the same day, and bring you the horns and the hides in the evening.'
On the day of its publication a wretched dog, flayed and otherwise mutilated, escaped from Moreau's house.
"Well, the devil flay them, the privileged classes," his brother's voice responded, with a cough.