Though depicting a moment in history of great crime and disgust, this sculpture is exquisite in the way it captures the rapid movement of the body in stone and the emotions that coincide with those movements. The muscles in each of the men correlate with the motion they are participating in; you can see the muscles necessary for lifting and carrying a woman. Though melodramatic, the crouching man and elevated woman complete a fantastic line/column with the standing man. The balance between the three is extraordinary. The woman expresses a helplessness with her out-thrown arms and the man on the bottom expresses a deep regret in this quick motion of seizure of the woman that he cannot prevent.