The Pit and the Pendulum Questions and Answers
by Edgar Allan Poe

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I wonder if you are referring to the historical, contextual setting or the actual setting of the prison cell that occurs in the story? To focus on the historical setting, this is Poe's famous story of confinement and imprisonment in an extraordinary prison cell in Toledo, Spain, during the brutal Spanish Inquisition. The Spanish Inquisition was a form of religious court set up by the Catholic Church and the monarchy in Spain during the fifteenth century to accuse and punish those who failed to comply with the church or royal authority. The Spanish Inquisition was famous for bizarre and hideous torture methods that were designed to psychologically torture their victims as well as physically torture them. We can...

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