Asked • 07/31/19

What does "And others, whose breasts love the feel of scapulars," mean in Baudelaire's "Damned Women"?

> Et d'autres, dont la gorge aime les scapulaires,> > Qui, recélant un fouet sous leurs longs vêtements,> > Mêlent, dans le bois sombre et les nuits solitaires,> > L'écume du plaisir aux larmes des tourments.In english:> And others, whose breasts love the feel of scapulars,> > Who, concealing a whip under their long habits,> > Mingle, in the dark woods and solitary nights,> > The froth of pleasure with tears of torment.I can understand the last 2 verses, but I don't understand the first 2. Are these women in some kind of cult? Are they sadomasochistic nuns? Is it symbolical? Could anyone explain this to me?

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