The Witch Hill used to be the place of execution of those poor wretches.
The tortures which some of these wretches will inflict upon themselves are almost incredible.
You are not yet acquainted with the Greeks and Albanians: when I hang up one of these wretches on the plane-tree, brother robs brother under the very branches: if I burn one of them alive, the son is ready to steal his father's ashes to sell them for money.
"Stop those wretches!" gasped Kutuzov to the regimental commander, pointing to the flying soldiers; but at that instant, as if to punish him for those words, bullets flew hissing across the regiment and across Kutuzov's suite like a flock of little birds.
shake uproar lasted near an hour; when I told the poor wretches that I shook off the dust of my feet against them.