Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"Torture Through Hope." Villiers De L'isle Adam

Review: The heartlessness of the Inquisition. On the eve of his death through extended torture, the Rabbi, is allowed to think he has reached freedom. It is truly “torture through hope,” before he realizes that he is in the hands of the Grand Inquisitor himself and the mercy that is death is to be withheld for an extended length of time. The expressions of religious zeal are vivid as the Inquisitor speaks of mercy in his relentless violation of a human being.

Great French Short Stories. Ed. Germaine Brèe. New York: Dell Publishing Co., inc. 1969.

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