(originally published 1842-1843 in The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present)
A man being tortured by the Spanish Inquisition narrates his experience from his agonizingly sensitive and increasingly horrified point of view. Will he be able to endure the torture until the end—or will he be compelled to jump into the Pit, and bring about his death himself?
Summary written by Taylor Colegrove, May 2011. Title links to the full text of the story.