The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum By Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum Stories in the Travelman Short Stories series take the reader to places of mystery fantasy horror romance and corners of the universe yet unexplored In turn readers take them on the bus or subway
  • Title: The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Author: Edgar Allan Poe
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  • Page: 432
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  • The Pit and the Pendulum By Edgar Allan Poe, Stories in the Travelman Short Stories series take the reader to places of mystery, fantasy, horror, romance, and corners of the universe yet unexplored In turn, readers take them on the bus or subway, slip them into briefcases and lunchboxes, and send them from Jersey to Juneau.Each classic or original short story is printed on one sheet of paper and folded like a map TStories in the Travelman Short Stories series take the reader to places of mystery, fantasy, horror, romance, and corners of the universe yet unexplored In turn, readers take them on the bus or subway, slip them into briefcases and lunchboxes, and send them from Jersey to Juneau.Each classic or original short story is printed on one sheet of paper and folded like a map This makes it simple to read while commuting, convenient to carry when not, and easy to give or send to a friend A paper envelope is provided for mailing or gift giving, and both are packaged in a clear plastic envelope for display The cost is not much than a greeting card.
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    1. Edgar Allan Poe

      The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher This versatile writer s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America s first great literary critic and theoretician Poe s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.Just as the bizarre characters in Poe s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles This is the Poe of legend But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author s name.The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809 Edgar was the second of three children His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls school Within three years of Poe s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe s siblings went to live with other families Mr Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe s handwriting on the backs of Allan s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.For information, please see enpedia wiki Edgar_al

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    1. At age twelve I was given my first introduction to the world of literature by my mother who read me Poe s The Pit and the Pendulum I can still vividly recollect living through the horrors of the chamber with the unnamed narrator, wondering why Christian monks would construct such a room and why Christian monks would inflict such torture I still wrestle with a number of the story s themesDISMWhy do such a thing The story s torture chamber is not a makeshift construction slapped together rather, w [...]

    2. The entire surface of this metallic enclosure was rudely daubed in all the hideous and repulsive devices to which the charnel superstition of the monks has given rise The figures of fiends in aspects of menace, with skeleton forms, and other really fearful images, overspread and disfigured the walls Simply superb illustration by Harry Clarke Our nameless narrator has been condemned by a panel of black robed, white lipped, stern faced judges His crime is unknown, but then this is the Inquisition [...]

    3. As the doorbell rings nearly incessantly and the frigid air seeps into my living room, I am all tucked up in a corner of the couch with my fluffy blanket, a glass of The Velvet Devil Merlot, and a book of tales from the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe I m leaving the job of distributing candy to the hubby, while my teen son oversees the execution of his annual Halloween light and music show which grows increasingly elaborate each year I can t think of a better way to spend the evening The Pit [...]

    4. WHAT DO YOU MEAN MR POE Time conquers all it is an inescapable fate for all men it cannot be defeated or avoided It s a powerful, unshakable, enemy and a recurring theme across many of Poe s stories I ve seen it a few times now This time it is a tormenter and a reminder of the incoming doom in the dark pit that is death This is represented by the pendulum, sweeping like a minute hand, getting faster and faster as it approaches the narrator it symbolises that death will be the end of all man s ti [...]

    5. A classic of sensational horror, The Pit and the Pendulum is also, for me, one of the Poe stories that most closely resembles and certainly influences later writers such as Franz Kafka Here we have several Kafka like elements a judgment pronounced by distant, stern, inhuman judges, with no sense of what crime, if any, may have been committed, and then a devious punishment that gets devious as time goes on The narrator is also utterly alone in the world, save the hungry rats, and this loneliness [...]

    6. Book Review3 of 5 stars to The Pit and the Pendulum, a short story written in 1842, by Edgar Allan Poe As in the tradition of Poe s other Gothic and gory tales, this one takes the fear of death to new heights Poe tells the story of a man facing punishment during the Spanish Inquisition, a death like no other At first, he s strapped to a wooden table while a pendulum swings from above with a saw, getting lower and lower until it s nearly about to start ripping into his flesh But the victim finds [...]

    7. The Pit and the Pendulum published in 1842 is one of Poe s most famous tales of horror It does not have a supernatural element, but relies on evoking fear in the reader because of its heavy emphasis on sensations, view spoiler for instance the airlessness of the cell, the dim or nonexistent lighting, the hissing of the blade, the heat of the walls hide spoiler It packs a punch precisely because it it feels so rooted in reality, rather than incorporating anything supernatural.The story takes plac [...]

    8. 3.5 stars I m not much of a horror fiction reader, but I like to dabble in the shallower waters of horror short stories occasionally, and October brings it out in me In this 1842 short story by Edgar Allen Poe, an unnamed prisoner tells of the ghastly and elaborate tortures he endures at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition He begins with his sentencing by black robed judges, a nightmarish sequence of images that culminates in his loss of consciousness When he awakes, he s in a pitch dark room, [...]

    9. What makes this one a bit hair raising is its radical two point climax curve The guy nearly dies at the pit, then nearly dies at the pendulum SAT words galore as well as the best known anecdote of death at the Inquisition, at least for me, makes it easily an essential read Just for horror writers Here s a wealth of adjectives verbs that describe dread the absolute horror of impending death

    10. Third Read, 8 2017 The story overwhelms me with such excited emotion The work reads like a painting with vivid reality that a digital picture Out if this emotion I must say Wow What unbelievable talent Why did I wait so long to get into Poe It was hope that prompted the nerve to quiver the frame to shrink It was hope the hope that triumphs in the rack that whispers to the death condemned even in the dungeons of the inquisition My favorite line, perhaps a main theme, and one that made me smile a [...]

    11. Opening I WAS SICK SICK UNTO death with that long agony and when they at length unbound me, I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me.

    12. The sentence of death with torturous fear I panted I gasped for breath Oh most unrelenting Oh most demoniac of men Oh horror Oh Any horror, but this This short POE horror classic, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM is a first time read for me and it did not disappoint The ending truly surprised me Loved it

    13. A brilliant example of embodied writing They writhed upon my throat their cold lips sought my own I was half stifled by their thronging pressure disgust, for which the world has no name, swelled my bosom, and chilled, with a heavy clamminess, my heart You feel it first the fear, the horror Then your mind follows The word torture has lost its edge This is torture And also, this is why it is important to hope.Must Read More Poe.

    14. I used to hear this short story from my history teacher in high school, Mr Virgilio Amolar i am not sure what was its relationship with New Jerusalem , Urbana and Feliza and Lemuria but he mentioned all of these during our Philippine History class when I was 15 Now that I am old and starting to gray, I think Mr Amolar is a crazy teacher who uttered all of this in our history class just to have something to say Maybe he was fascinated by all of these.The Pit and the Pendulum is a very scary story [...]

    15. 3.5 stars In Masque of the Red Death, Poe excelled at dread through a pronounced description of setting Here, setting is present but it s mainly dread through the creative viewpoint of the man s internal monologue and desperation I call to mind flatness and dampness and then all is madness the madness of a memory which busies itself among forbidden things Emotion is high and strong throughout during the terrible ordeal The Inquisition has taken place, the man has been sentenced, and he passes ou [...]

    16. Putting aside the histhoric context of the tale that is a accesory frame for the picture,the narration, we pass to review.The tale is one of the greatest romantic horror tales,told in first person by a condemned to death by the Toledo Inquisition, with the great prose of Poe.Is a tale about subjetive pass of time,about the subjetive terrorific reality in a sensorial deprived situation,a nightmarish voyage to the unknown next torture, and told in a sort of conscious stream of hopeles fear and ter [...]

    17. Este cuento de Poe me fascina, porque al igual que con El Entierro Prematuro, nos posiciona en el mismo lugar que el narrador Son cuentos desesperantes, asfixiantes, nos hacen sentir inc modos, consustanciarnos con la desgracia de quien lo padece y queriendo leer r pidamente las l neas del cuento para salir a respirar O no

    18. Upon waking from lethargy or sleep he plunges our protagonist into total darkness a dark chamber of death and torture Rats and a pendulum of terror are his immediate horrors as the swing of death of the pendulum lowers and increases in speed the beads of sweat upon the characters forehead increase in the terror he is experiencing A masterpiece of writing from Edgar Allan Poe, the creator of the dark tale and splendid writing He really places you in the moment and you feel the air of dread and fe [...]

    19. To the victims of its tyranny, there was the choice of death with its direst physical agonies, or death with its most hideous moral horrors I had been reserved for the latter By long suffering my nerves had been unstrung, until I trembled at the sound of my own voice, and had become in every respect a fitting subject for the species of torture which awaited me Really good, suspenseful little story, told with Poe s deft touch of the macabre Unlike most of Poe s other stories, though, this one act [...]

    20. Every October, I pull out the Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe that my mother gave me so I can immerse myself in the ominous fall atmosphere I associate with Halloween To me, Poe is the original King of Horror sorry Stephen King Each time I read a Poe work, I m caught up in the elegant and intelligent wording that makes these pieces so accessible to modern audiences His short stories are not just very well written, but the words create a dark and eerie setting that demands that something awful [...]

    21. Waking up in darkness, fearing a live burial groping in the darkness almost falling into a pit bound to a framework under a swinging pendulum while rats rush for their midnight snack sizzling iron walls squeezing together, but not to cook hamburgers These could be scenes from Indiana Jones and the Dungeons of Toledo And yet, The Pit and the Pendulum is classic Poe heart throbbing, adrenaline rushing, spine tinkling and hair raising suspense and terror The story triumphs not only through its cont [...]

    22. The Pit and the Pendulum 4 As a reader who enjoys dark fiction, fantasy and historical fiction, this imaginative tale of torture during the Spanish Inquisition really intrigued me The strong aural imagery throughout takes us almost into the realm of the ghostly too I feel as though this story had a great influence on gothic horror tales in general While not as complicated as some other of Poe s tales, it s still a captivating narrative.

    23. A man sentenced to death is put in a dungeon to meet the destiny set to him by his torturers Doomed Tic toc, tic toc As a helpless spectator of the horrifying sight, the tumult of feelings kept unreeling before my eyes all sensations appeared swallowed up in a mad rushing descent as of the soul into Hades Then silence, and stillness, night were the universe Torn between Fear and Hope though the latter only seemed to emphasize the dreadfulness of the situation the agony is palpable After this I c [...]

    24. Arousing from the most profound of slumbers, we break the gossamer web of some dream Another short story by Edgar Allan Poe that tells of a man that wakes in darkness to be judged and given a death sentence He loses consciousness and falls into somewhat of a slumber, where he is still aware, but not The blackness of eternal night encompassed me I struggled for breath The intensity of the darkness seemed to oppress and stifle me The atmosphere was intolerably close Thinking that the sentence may [...]

    25. Poe knows how to create an atmosphere, build tension and prolong horror better than almost anyone It is what has made him so popular for so long This story of the inquisition makes the blood freeze at moments I could not bear the scene with the rats

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