It was not inhumanity, but fear of the knout that hurried him away.
Chancellor Bestuchef, in the year 1756, was forced to confession by the knout.
Will you swear to that, or shall I work the knout in order to bring out the truth?
Then he swings the knout anew, with the same accuracy and the same result.
The knout—the knout—and that attended with public exposure in the market-place.