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1: a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed instrument.
2a: a pointed instrument or weapon b: a sharp projecting organ or part.
3: an instance of pricking or the sensation of being pricked: as a: a nagging or sharp feeling of remorse, regret, or sorrow b: a slight sharply localized discomfort <the prick of a needle>.
4: usually vulgar: penis.
5: usually vulgar: a spiteful or contemptible man often having some authority.
[Origin: Middle English prikke, from Old English prica; akin to Middle Dutch pric prick.]
(before 12th Century).
“Stone shook his head. “Rapid’s not going to be the Wild West for too much longer, girls.” I could tell Madame was included in that “girls,” and it put my back up. She had years and miles on Dyer Stone, and brains to boot. But he had a prick, and inherited money, and a prick. I guess that gave him the right to lord it over her. – Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear.
Click for full size. Unfortunately, I don’t have translations for these, and I’m quite curious about the Cobbler scenario. This concludes this particular Dance Of Death, all of them may be found here, along with much more information. Next, we move on to the English Dance of Death, illustrations by Thomas Rowlandson.
I think Boris Artzybasheff was one of the greatest artists ever. His artistic explorations of emotional and mental states were, and are, absolutely stunning. He had a great gift for being able to draw and express such states perfectly. All of them instantly recognizable, so much so they come as a bit of a shock. Have a look here for more amazing art by Mr. Artzybasheff. Click for full size.