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******The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

******The ceiling, meanwhile, is thirty to forty feet above his head and plated with metal. One of the plates features a typical painting of the figure of Time, although Time appears to be holding an image of a pendulum rather than the more commonly associated scythe.

Can you please visualize a character for this stage of the story, with details of the character.

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The metal ceiling reflects the little light that exists. What it shows are glimpses of himself, in terror. Around the plate is Father Time. He looks old and God-like except with no compassion. He is judgment and the man fears his final reckoning. The pendulum in the picture and the one swinging seem identical. The movement of the pendulum shimmers over the metal plated roof and then into his eyes.