Poe's Short Stories

How was the narrator freed? What is the irony of his sudden freedom?

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Please relate story first.

It's the story of The Pit And The Pendulum

General Lasalle, leader of the victorious French Army saves him. This ending has nothing to do with the man's ingenuity. It's a Deus ex Machina sort of ending or God in the Machine.