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The tortures of the damned, Lincoln Cathedral:
on the left a wealthy young man is being relieved of his purse by two demons.
On the right two men guilty of a Crime Against Nature might actually be enjoying this stage of their infernal experience,
since the toothy snakes seem to enjoy licking and nuzzling.
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For over a hundred years from 1850 or even before, the very word 'hell' was not acceptable in polite society beyond the pulpit. Even in the pulpit the word was generally avoided, except by 'low church' sects and preachers. Hell and sex were almost equally taboo.