Why did I not die? More miserable than man ever was before, why did I not sink into forgetfulness and rest? Death snatches away many blooming children, the only hopes of their doting parents: how many brides and youthful lovers have been one day in the bloom of health and hope, and the next a prey for worms and the decay of the tomb! Of what materials was I made, that I could thus resist so many shocks, which, like the turning of the wheel, continually renewed the torture?
interment - burial, entombment, inhumation, sepulture
affright - To arouse fear in; terrify
doom - (n.) Fate, especially a tragic or ruinous one. (v.) To destine to an unhappy end.
a turnkey - (old-fashioned) a jailer
assize - a session of a court