Why might the writer of "The Pit and the Pendulum" have chosen to include this image? What sensory details describe the pendulum?

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The narrator of the story, a man imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition, describes the mode of torture inflicted upon him after he discovers the pit inside his cell. Once he can avoid it, his jailers must devise another fate for him. He explains that a "painted figure of Time as he is commonly represented, save that, in lieu of a scythe, he held what, at a casual glance, I supposed to be the pictured image of a huge pendulum" can be seen above him. This image associates the Spanish Inquisition with a force as immutable and inflexible as time, which marches ever onward and never stops. It cannot be thwarted by any...

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