From within the crowd, he might have passed as obedient.
But he had considered what he saw. It reformed him.
Now, he tried hard to concentrate.
He knew a little French. He thought: maybe a good fire. Victorious..
Later: in the next world, perhaps it might be called a Bonner-fire; a keen instrument for curing apostasy.
Then he realised: a bone-pyre, created to turn bodies into ash.
He was being punished with transubstantiation.
His legs started to blister. There was a hiss as he began to melt into the tapering flames.