The Pit and the Pendulum
The Pit and the Pendulum is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. I describes a man being tortured in various forms by the Spanish Inquisition. The book is quite fictional and doesn't accurately describe the methods of torture or execution employed by the Spanish Inquisition.
I do not own this book, but I have read it in the form of an audio book.
- Poe's descriptions are very palpable. He really makes you feel like you're in the pit with the condemned.
- I like the fact that the condemned is able to save himself from the pendulum through cleverness, and actually survives the pit in the end.
- The execution methods don't make much sense. The pit in the dark suggests the inquisitors want their prisoners to fall to their death without witness, but the pendulum and the shrinking walls are for spectators.
- The accidental avoidance of the pit is kind of dumb.
- poestories.com/text.php?file=pit - Complete text.