Chapless, and knocked about the mazzard with a sexton’s spade:

Of course this is a great indignity. No cheeks to pinch or rouge – or even a jaw to drop in surprise. Lady Worm, who was once a lady, is now not just a skull – but a mazzard, which is an even more undignified word than skull.
And to be knocked about it with a spade? The horror! The horror!
The only word that retains any dignity is sexton – which is usually the steward for sacred objects – things like relics and sacred bones – and here, the sexton bats a skull around with a shovel. The gravedigger is elevated to a holy position and Lady Worm is laid lower than she ever imagined possible.


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