Pericles was usually represented with a helmet, to cover the deformity in his skull.
But the man had been only stunned by a bullet that plowed its way across the top of his skull.
Up goes the black flag, and the skull and crossbones to the fore.
"I've a good mind to break that chap's skull," he said to himself as he turned away.
With his own hands he uncovered the bones and ...