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Pendulum image, from 'The Pit and the Pendulum' 1/3 scale model
The chamber is dim, and very tall. You are lying on your back, strapped to a table. Suddenly, you hear mechanical noises from an enormous machine. As you watch, transfixed with terror, you see a huge shaft with a gigantic, curved blade swing over you, glinting in the light of a single lantern with each stroke, before vanishing in the darkness. At first, it swings by several feet over your chest, but then you notice that with each swing, a metallic clunking accompanies a horrible, inexorable descent toward your chest.
Scale: 1/3
Blade: Steel, ground and filed to shape
Shaft and rivets: brass
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