The Inquisitor

  • Chapter 1

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    When Conway Kroll reached his office that morning, there were three prisoners waiting to be interrogated.

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  • He smiled coldly at the sight of them, standing in the large bare room awaiting their fate.

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    Kroll

    “Good morning,”

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    he said, with steely politeness.

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    Kroll

    “My name is Kroll.

  • It is my job to conduct the interrogation to which you three will be subjected today.”

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    One of the three--a tall, youthful-looking man--glared up at him bitterly.

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    Chester Wengrove

    “Interrogation?

  • Torture you mean!”

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    Kroll brought his eyes to rest on the man who had spoken slowly, almost scornfully.

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    Kroll

    “You have the wrong idea completely, my friend.

  • It is necessary to persuade you to divulge certain facts.

  • The State requires it of you.

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    Kroll

    "If you refuse,

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    he gestured sadly,

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    Kroll

    we must compel you."

  • But you are all so determined to make things hard for us.

  • I don't WANT to hurt you, you know.”

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    Florence Horniman

    “But you WILL hurt us,”