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The Inmate of the Dungeon

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Author: W.C. Morrow
Published: 1894
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,333 / 24 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 415
Added to site: 2007.10.25
mnybks.net#: 18704
Genre: Short Story
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he warden do?"

The convict, although tremendous excitement must have surged and boiled within him, slowly, deliberately, and weakly came to his feet. He placed his right foot on the chair, and rested his right elbow on the raised knee. The index finger of his right hand, pointing to the chairman and moving slightly to lend emphasis to his narrative, was the only thing that modified the rigid immobility of his figure. Without a single change in the pitch or modulation of his voice, never hurrying, but speaking with the slow and dreary monotony with which he had begun, he nevertheless--partly by reason of these evidences of his incredible self-control--made a formidable picture as he proceeded:

"When I told him that, sir, he said he'd take me to the ladder and see if he couldn't make me change my mind.... Yes, sir; he said he'd take me to the ladder." (Here there was a long pause.) "And I a human being, with flesh on my bones and the heart of a man in my body. The other warden hadn't tried to brea

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2015.03.17
Lisa Carr
*****

A wrenching story. The Board of Prisons closes its meeting by asking to hear from a specific prisoner who has spent years in solitary confinement on bread and water. The prisoner says he has no complaint, but the board presses him for his story on how he came to be in solitary.
The prisoner, the chairman, and eventually the warden all end up being sympathetic characters. Nobody wins, everybody loses.


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