In book 2 part 5 chapter 1, Pierre laments the failure of the masons mission. He says "We all profess the Christian law of forgiveness ... but yesterday a deserter was knouted to death and a minister of that same law of love and forgiveness, the priest, gave the soldier the cross to kiss before his execution." How does this event relate to hypocrisy?
I'm reading the Rosemary Edmonds translation.
Edit: I wrote "knouted" as "knotted" when copying the text from my book.