2) I found the psychological abuse more damaging than the whipping (and that says alot.) I'm sure she was covered with welts, but It was the way they treated her "Turn over and take it like a grown woman" "I'm going to beat you into submission" "You don't deserve to be in this house" "What has happened to you?" These things are identity shaping and fuck people up in the long-run.
Yes. Also, come to think of it, if she wasn't there the results could be worse.The woman seems brainwashed. I bet she was getting some spanking too. Of the bad variety.3) I found the mothers role very interesting. It was almost as though she HAD to convince him that she was on his side, power-monging-sadistic-wanting to womp the kids ass, SO she could get the belt from him and hit the kid herself. You'll notice that she wacked the kid once. (Obviously one more than should have occured).. but she also seemed to want that to be the end of it. She has learned that she must take on this role to satisfy him and thinks it puts her in a position to mediate or slightly control how far it goes. It almost makes me feel bad for her, accept that she is a disguisting coward to offer the kid up as a means to take the heat off herself.