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Enter the Grand Inquisitor Summary

The ancient Grand Inquisitor and his retinue appear on the scene, observing the crowd around Christ from a distance. Upon witnessing the young girl's resurrection, the Grand Inquisitor orders his "holy guard" to arrest Christ. The Inquisitor wields so much power and has instilled so much fear, that the crowd quickly parts, kneels and grows silent as the guards pass to apprehend Christ. The Inquisitor blesses the crowd and moves on. Christ is taken to a cell and locked away.

Night falls, and the Grand Inquisitor enters Christ's cell. The Inquisitor asks Christ if he is, in fact, Christ. Receiving no answer, the Inquisitor says it doesn't matter. He says that even if he is Christ, He has no right to add anything to what He has already said, and He will still be burned at the stake the...

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