The barren soil does not breed fevers, crocodiles, tigers or scorpions.
The letters, the messages, the presents, these had been the whips and scorpions in his hand.
Had I given free rein to my tongue, I had made of it a whip of scorpions.
The scorpions will be faithful to nothing but their own ends.
Scorpions are common in the islands, but we were not troubled with them.