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by Edgar Allan Poe

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In the story "The Pit and the Pendulum," what are the narrator's strengths in his battle against the inquisitors?

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In Edgar Allen Poe's frightening tale "The Pit and the Pendulum," the narrator is brought before the sinister judges of the Spanish Inquisition and condemned to death. He faints and then awakens in a pitch-black room totally devoid of light. The strengths that save him from the torments of the inquisitors until he is able to be rescued are his curiosity, his cleverness, and his determination.

His curiosity first serves to help maintain his sanity amidst the horrors of his situation. Instead of dwelling on the darkness and the hopelessness of his plight, he affixes a scrap of his garment to the wall for a guide and measures the...

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