in Salome by Oscar Wilde: Herod recommend Salome instead of Yokanaan head get some jewels and say the words. what means " .. young men behold it untill they have been beaten by rod"? why yong men shuld be beaten by rod?
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This is from Herod's famous monologue. He claims to have many priceless jewels including a crystal,
"I have a crystal, into which it is not lawful for a woman to look, nor may young men behold it until they have been beaten with rods. "
Apparently this crystal is so enchanted and forbidden that only a man that has been punished, forced to endure some sort of penance, can look upon it. Being beaten with rods was a Roman form of punishment. The context of this is Herod asking Salome what he can desire more than these priceless things being offered.