The House of Pain is a dank dungeon of blood-stained limestone in the depths of Hell. Shaped in the form of a skull and flanked by crooked stone obelisks, it is a temple dedicated to agony and suffering.
- "There are no contraries or admixtures of any kind to temper or soften in the least the pains of Hell. The torments cannot be overcome by habit, for while they are of terrible intensity they are at the same time of continual variety, each pain, so to speak, taking fire from another and reendowing that which has enkindled it with a still fiercer flame. Nor can nature escape from these intense and various tortures by succumbing to them for the soul is sustained and maintained in evil so that its suffering may be the greater. Boundless extension of torment, incredible intensity of suffering, unceasing variety of torture ..."