One moment, he wishes for it to descend quicker so he can meet his end, the next moment, he struggles to free himself from his restraints. He knows he will die, but the question of when and how torments him.
He now aims to find his way across the cell.
None died in the book, but in the movie three people died. Nicholas seized him and put him on table below a razor sharp pendulum. In the end of the book the walls of iron are heated and start to push together.
The rats then throng all over his body ravenously gnawing at the bandages. The movie started out as a man walked along the ocean to enter a huge castle.
He believes that if one is able to remember the first stage during the reawakening of the body, then the gulf that the person who fainted has fallen into will be recalled like the details of a dream. Dom Madena, also called Nicholas, heard his wife calling him.
When the pendulum gets very close to him, he has a flash of insight. As he strains to reach the meat beside his wooden board, a glimmer of hope occurs to him, a fleeting thought of joy. Sale's translation was a part of commentary and, in one of those notes, refers to an allegedly common form of torture and execution by "throwing [people] into a glowing pit of fire, whence he had the opprobrious appellation of the Lord of the Pit.
He then begins to traverse the vault, but he slips on the slimy floor and falls. After drinking, he immediately falls asleep again and imagines that the water must have been drugged.