Not above the clouds, mingling over the village, but in the soot-black vault of the calvary, she heard a fierce storm, and saw lightning bolts crisscrossing over the profaner
of Christ, who wrestled with the fallen angel on the floor, and heard the growl of thunder and the lash of rain against the hissing flames.
The tainted soul would be cleansed of sin if the believer, kneeling before the altar with the prayer card in his hands, prayed ten Our Fathers and three Hail Marys, gazing penitently at the high flames among which the profaner
of Christ lay in torment, with a fat green serpent wrapped around his naked torso, praying to Father Abraham, while the crab-red devil, wings unfurled, thick horns sprouting from his head, spilled gall into his mouth.
Around the nude torso of the profaner
of Christ winds a green serpent, fat and suffocating.
Hall ed., Michael Graves trans., InterVarsity Press 2011) (419) ("'[N]or shed innocent blood in this place,' for to punish murderers, profaners
and poisoners is not shedding blood but administering the law."); Jerome, Commentary on Isaiah bk.
Councillor Bennett, as well as handing valuable ammunition to the city's young profaners
, proves himself verbally inept.
However, in Three Laws, the profaners
are not vaguely defined devils or ominous caricatures of religious alterity, as they often are in late medieval drama.
Bellmont, the "She-Devil," and her daughter Mary as profaners
of the sacred hearth.
When Prince Escalus, whose purpose, as Gayle Whittier says, is to "ensure social order" (60), (15) arrives on the scene, he is ignored by the warring parties: "Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, / Profaners
of this neighbor-stained steel--/ Will they not hear?--What ho, you men, you beasts!" (Li.81-83).