The treatment of the child is justified because, according to some unspecified terms upon which the society is based, the happiness of the society is dependent upon the child's sacrifice. The people understand
"that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the kindly weathers of their skies, depend wholly on this child's abominable misery."
When people see the child and the hideous conditions in which it must...
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