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After Equality brings his invention to the World Council of Scholars, he is sent to court. The council does not like Equality's ingenuity and individual thinking. He is whipped and beaten for his intellectual hubris.
From the text:
But it seemed to us that the eyes of the Transgressor had chosen us from the crowd and were looking straight upon us. There was no pain in their eyes and no knowledge of the agony of their body. There was only joy in them, and...