In "The Pit and the Pendulum" what are two things the narrator remembers about the courtroom?

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Because his tormentors heavily drug him, and he spends most of his days in the prison in that drugged state, it is difficult for him to recall much of anything from the actual "trial", or his accusers.  However, he does mention several things.  One is the "dread sentence of death" which reaches his ears; he realizes that he has been sentenced to death, and this horrible news sticks out in his mind.  The other thing that he spends quite a bit of time discussing is his tormentors' lips.  He calls them "grotesque", "immovable," and displaying "stern contempt".

However, the two items that the narrator dwells the most on, probably due to his delirious state of being drugged, are that of the curtains and candles that are in the room.  He describes the curtains, or draperies, as encasing the entire room that he is in.  Then, he fixates on seven tall candlesticks that are glowing withing, and in his delusions, imagines them first as "slender angels who would save me," and then quickly just "meaningless spectres" that could not help him, before total darkness reigns, and he passes out.

I hope that those thoughts helped a bit; good luck!

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