The guards lead their prisoner to the close, gloomy vaulted prison in the ancient palace of the Holy Inquisition and shut Him in it.
’For now’ (he is speaking of the Inquisition, of course) ’for the first time it has become possible to think of the happiness of men.
My story is laid in Spain, in Seville, in the most terrible time of the Inquisition, when fires were lighted every day to the glory of God, and ’in the splendid auto da fe the wicked heretics were burnt.’
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What was expected to be a quick confirmation hearing turned into an inquisition.
a general inquisition into his reputation and conduct