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by Edgar Allan Poe

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What is a short summary of "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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Key to understanding this tale is considering how it might operate symbolically. This classic horror tale opens in Toledo, Spain, in the final days of the Spanish Inquisition. After an agonising trial, the first-person narrator hears judges condemn him to death. He faints and awakens in a pitch-dark dungeon, where he narrowly escapes a fatal fall into a pit. He sleeps, awakens to find food and water nearby,...

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