“Hold him down, men. We must purify him.
Yes, yes–he’s slippery, for sure.
Don’t let that stop you! Hold his arms tight.
The devil is in him and we must rip it out. We will soon rescue this contorted, broken body from the spawn of evil.
He will no longer wail and gnash. No longer curse and scream.
Jacob! Watch your hands, man!
God in heaven, this will be more difficult than I thought.
He’s already taken a chunk out of Ezra’s leg! His mouth still drips with poor Ezra’s blood!
Hold him, I said! Hold that child down!”