"I coughed. 'Um ... why, precisely, is that desirable?'
His embarrassment faded slightly into shock.
'Why... it... the ... the loss of the male essence is most debilitating. It drains the vitality and exposes a man to all manner of sickness, as well as grossly impairing his mental and spiritual faculties.'"
Would it help if I were to mention that this scene takes place in the eighteenth century?
"The object in question consisted of two concentric circles of metal, the outer one flexible, with overlapping ends, and a sort of key mechanism that enabled it to be tightened. The inner one was sawtoothed—much like a bear trap, as I'd said. Rather obviously, it was meant to be fastened round a limp penis—which would stay in that condition, if it knew what was good for it." (p. 585)