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It is unlikely that the sibille were applied for long, or with more than symbolic force: her testimony of Tassi's misdeeds is a horrific tale of stalking and rape, and the court found in Artemisia's favor.
She was subjected to the sibille, the "Sibyls" (for their oracular powers), strings threaded between her fingers and then progressively tightened, a dreadful prospect for a woman who intended to live by the work of her hands.