He is in a cell but doesnt know how he got there. Or what he did to get out into this situation. Or hows he gonna be puished.
He does know what is going on, and he has too keep telling himself that he is not dead. He does his best to figure out
He trips and falls at the edge of a large pit. After eating what he thinks must be drugged food, he faints. When he wakes up, he finds he's been tied down to a strange contraption, above which swings a mysterious pendulum.
The narrator watches the pendulum descend, hearing the swish of the blade and feeling the air move with every swing.
He finds himself between burning and contracting walls and a giant pit of death.
General Lasalle saves the day, pulling our hero from the brink of the pit. The narrator is finally, definitely saved from the Inquisition.