"The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack fell to the level of his knees..."
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The narrator opens the story in medias res, postponing much of the exposition until part II. The readers do not know this man's name nor what he did to get himself into this situation. But the opening of the story creates tension and suspense surrounding him.
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