Introduced by the author, detailing the real-life 19th-century prison and prisoner-isolation conditions that inspired the stark environment of the story.

No. 17596 let the book fall out of his hands. It would tell him what? It would tell him that the world went on—that somewhere, out there, men and women were carrying on their affairs while he sat alone in his cell, sentenced to ruminate in silence and isolation.

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Read “The Penitent” by M. Bennardo, in Issue #122

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