pass the freedom fries


The keeper of a certain gaol gave order that, every morning, a certain prisoner was to be carried into the town square, stripped naked before the eyes of all, and whipped five times. This combination of shame and pain was heaped on her daily.


But one day the keeper heeded those who'd long begged mercy for her, and altered his order.


"Strip her naked in the town square every morning. But the whipping shall be done with a palm frond, not a whip."


The ritual of shame would continue, but without pain. All saw this as mercy.


But to the consternation of many, when the prisoner heard of this, she said, "I refuse it."


"I just hate a sham. Whip me for real or not at all."