The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

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"The Pit and the Pendulum" is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842. The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, though Poe skews historical facts. The narrator of the story is deemed guilty for an unnamed crime and put into a completely dark room. He passes out while trying to determine the size of the room. When he wakes up, he realizes there is a large, deep pit in the middle of the room. He… (more)

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Language: English

Published in: 1842

Word count: 6,038 words (≈ 24 minutes)

Source: http://en.wikisource.org

Copyright: Public Domain


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