the beleaguered gentleman’s desire for relief

There is a dial.

There is a dial on the box.

There is a dial on the box with three settings.

There is a dial on the box with three settings and the first will make you a king.

There is a dial on the box with three settings and the first will make you a king but the second will set the swords of the nation against you, serpentine strings of wheels—iron and molded bronze—primed to grind furrows across your back.

There is a dial on the box with three settings and the first will make you a king but the second will set the swords of the nation against you, serpentine strings of wheels—iron and molded bronze—primed to grind furrows across your back; when the pain crawls under your skin to rest there like sheets of metal and fire, the third setting will take it away.

There is a dial.

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