The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

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  • We give you the death sentence!!!
  • Hmm...
  • The narrator is given a death sentence by 3 black-robed judges, but he doesn't understand what he did wrong or why he's there.
  • He wakes up, lying on the floor of a pitch-black cell. He manages to get up and tries to measure the size of his cell, counting his steps as he does so. However, he  soon stumbles and falls asleep again.
  • When he wakes up again, he finds a loaf of bread and pitcher of water next to him. He eats it and continues measuring the size of his cell. But shortly after he starts walking, he slips and almost falls into a deep pit. 
  • Thank you!
  • The narrator loses consciousness again. When he wakes up, his cell is lighter, but he's strapped to a wooden rack. There are rats eating meat beside him, and there's a pendulum slowly descending towards him.
  • After a while, the narrator comes up with a plan and decides to rub the meat on his ropes so the rats will chew through it. He manages to escape in the nick of time, but the walls begin to glow and cave in, so it forces him to fall into the pit.
  • As he fell, the machines turned off and the walls receded. Just when it seems as all is lost, and he's about to lose his grip on the pit, he's rescued. He's pulled up by the hand of General Lasalle, leader of the victorious French army. The narrator is saved!
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